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.

Several of the Frogs top athletes, including Jerry Harris, Jackson Langat and Mary Kinyanjui, did not compete in the meet.

The Frogs will be back in action next Saturday when they take part in the UTA Invitational in Arlington.



400-meter dash: 1. Che Chavez 46.75*; 2. Brett Wilson 46.90*; 3. Dwayne Lynes-Bell 47.25*

800-meter run: 6. Raita Yamanouchi 2:00.83; 9. David Harris 2:03.43; 11. Wes Johnson 2:07.89

1500-meter run: 3. David Harris 4:05.12; 6. Steven Lenney 4:13.72; 7. Raita Yamanouchi 4:14.87; 8. Wes Johnson 4:16.43; 9. Brad Maciulewicz 4:17.12

3000-meter run: 1. Johnathan Bundren 9:00.57; 2. Alex Morris 9:18.51; 4. J.T. Reinert 9:50.64; 5. Josh Sharon 10:00.08

110-meter Hurdles: 1. Nathaniel Garcia 14.23*

4x100-meter Relay: 1. TCU (Jabari Fields, Cleavon Dillon, Aundre Edwards, Michael Frater) 39.72*

Long Jump: 4. Chris Peoples 7.19m (23-07.25); 5. Jonathan Jackson 7.17m (23-06.25); 10. Mark Lettieri 6.25m (20-06.25)

Triple Jump: 1. Jonathan Jackson 14.92m (48-11.50)

Pole Vault: 3. Rob Coffman 4.85m (15-11.00) (School record)


100-meter dash: 2. Kandis Bell 11.78*; 3. Virgil Hodge 11.82; 5. Donita Harmon 12.13

200-meter dash: 1. Larissa Bakasa 24.33; 4. Jamee Jones 24.75; 5. Deborah Jones 24.85

800-meter run: 2. Calandra Stewart 2:13.46

1500-meter run: 2. Calandra Stewart 4:39.78; 4. Katrina Zielinski 4:52.41; 6. Alayne Thompson 4:54.70; 8. Justina Malone 5:06.05; 9. Pattie Parker 5:06.05

3000-meter run: 5. Heather Isbell 10:36.54; 6. McKale Davis 10:54.57

100-meter Hurdles: 1. MaKeatha Cooper 13.87*

4x100-meter Relay: 1. TCU (Jamee Jones, Donita Harmon, Kandis Bell, Virgil Hodge) 45.58*

Shot Put: 2. Zelma Wade 13.74m (45-01.00); 3. Kandra Lakey 12.98m (42-07.00)

Discus: 2. Kandra Lakey 44.97m (147-06); 7. Zelma Wade 36.09m (118-05)

Javelin: 3. Kandra Lakey 38.98m (127-11)

*-NCAA Regional Qualifying Mark

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