TCU Posts 10 Regional Qualifying Marks In Arlington
March 27, 2004
Arlington, Texas - The TCU Flyin' Frogs overcame rainy weather and gusty winds to log 10 NCAA regional qualifying marks at the UTA Invitational in Arlington on Saturday. The TCU women turned in six qualifying times, while the men's squad added four NCAA regional qualifying marks.
The women were led by hurdler MaKeatha Cooper. Cooper, a freshman from Grandview, Missouri, broke the school record by winning the 100 meter hurdles in a regional qualifying time of 13.41 seconds. The previous school record was held by Chessna Davis when she logged a time of 13.65 seconds in 1997.
The Frogs also had strong performances from sprinters Virgil Hodge, Donita Harmon and Larissa Bakasa. Hodge (23.86) and Harmon (23.93) logged regional qualifying times in the 200, while Bakasa turned in a regional qualifying time of 54.38 to capture the top honors in the 400 meter dash. Harmon and Hodge also ran legs on the 4x100 meter relay unit, which took the silver medal in 45.16 seconds. Bakasa and Harmon ran a circuit on the 4x400 meter relay unit that turned in a second place time of 3:38.69. Both relay times were regional worthy marks.
On the men's side, Chris Peoples captured the gold medal in the high jump with a regional qualifying leap of 2.10 meters (6-10.75). NCAA indoor 400 meter silver medalist Jerry Harris qualified for the regional meet in the 200 meter dash with a second place time of 21.02. Nathaniel Garcia posted a time of 52.00 seconds to win the 400 meter hurdles and qualify for the regional meet. The 4x100 meter relay unit of Jabari Fields, Cleavon Dillon, Jerry Harris and Michael Frater circled the track in a winning time of 40.22 seconds, also good enough to compete at the regional meet.
"It was a good meet for the Frogs," said TCU head coach Monte Stratton. "It was not great weather, but it's what we got and we dealt with it pretty well. It was a good dress rehearsal for those going to the Texas Relays next week," continued Stratton. "That's one of the meets we focus on and we're headed in the right direction."
Up next for the Frogs is the 77th running of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, which begins Wednesday in Austin.
100 meters: 1. Cleavon Dillon 10.31w
800 meters: 10. Raita Yamanouchi 1:58.58
5000 meters: 2. Johnathan Bundren 15:38.87
400 meter Hurdles: 1. Nathaniel Garcia 52.00*
3000 meter Steeplechase: 3. Brad Maciulewicz 10:25.40
4x100 meter Relay: 1. TCU (Fields, Dillon, J. Harris, Frater) 40.22*
High Jump: 1. Chris Peoples 2.10m (6-10.75)*
Pole Vault: -. Rob Coffman NH
100 meters: 2. Jamee Jones 11.74w
5000 meters: 4. McKale Davis 17:38.49
100 meter Hurdles: 1. MaKeatha Cooper 13.41* (School Record)
4x100 meter Relay: 2. TCU (J. Jones, Harmon, Bell, Hodge) 45.16*
4x400 meter Relay: 2. TCU (Bakasa, J. Jones, Harmon, D. Jones) 3:38.69*
Javelin: 3. Kandra Lakey 39.42m (129-04)
*-NCAA Regional Qualifying Mark