Frogs Log Eight Regional Qualifying Marks Saturday
March 20, 2004
The TCU Flyin' Frogs logged eight NCAA regional qualifying marks at the Baylor Dr Pepper Invitational on Saturday, as the outdoor track & field season opened at the Hart-Patterson Track & Field Complex in Waco.
On the men's side, TCU recorded five regional qualifying marks. The Frogs dominated the 400 meter dash by taking the top three spots, all in regional qualifying times. Che Chavez led the TCU contingent with a time of 46.75, just ahead of Brett Wilson (46.90) and Dwayne Lynes-Bell (47.25). The trio represented three of the four legs of TCU's indoor 4x400 meter relay unit that placed eighth at the NCAA indoor championships last Saturday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Frogs also gained regional qualifying marks from Nathaniel Garcia, who won the 110 meter high hurdles in 14.23 seconds, and from the 4x100 meter relay team of Jabari Fields, Cleavon Dillon, Aundre Edwards and Michael Frater, which turned in a winning time of 39.72 seconds. For Frater, a five-time All-American, it was his first competition in 2004, as he redshirted the indoor season with a injured toe.
On the women's side, freshman MaKeatha Cooper won the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 13.87 seconds, Kandis Bell finished second in the 100 meter dash, breaking the tape in 11.78 seconds, and the 4x100 meter relay team of Jamee Jones, Donita Harmon, Bell and Virgil Hodge posted a winning time of 45.58 seconds. All three of those marks were NCAA regional worthy.
"Overall, it was a good day for the first outdoor meet of the season," said TCU head coach Monte Stratton. "We had some good solid performances. This was the first of two tuneups before the Texas Relays, which is the first big meet for us in the outdoor season."
Other strong performances were turned in by freshman Rob Coffman, who broke the school record in the pole vault by clearing 4.85 meters (15-11.00). Larissa Bakasa won the 200 meters with a time of 24.33 seconds, Jonathan Jackson captured the triple jump with a best leap of 14.92 meters (48-11.50), Johnathan Bundren took the top spot in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 9:00.57 and Calandra Stewart placed second in both the 800 (2:13.46) and 1500 (4:39.78) meter runs.
The Frogs will be back in action next Saturday when they take part in the UTA Invitational in Arlington.
110-meter Hurdles: 1. Nathaniel Garcia 14.23*
Triple Jump: 1. Jonathan Jackson 14.92m (48-11.50)
Pole Vault: 3. Rob Coffman 4.85m (15-11.00) (School record)
800-meter run: 2. Calandra Stewart 2:13.46
100-meter Hurdles: 1. MaKeatha Cooper 13.87*
Javelin: 3. Kandra Lakey 38.98m (127-11)
*-NCAA Regional Qualifying Mark