Flyin' Frogs earn five NCAA regional qualifying marks on day three of Texas Relays

April 6, 2007

AUSTIN, Texas - The TCU track and field team earned five NCAA regional qualifying marks on Friday at the Texas Relays and the Flyin' Frogs advanced both the women's 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams to Saturday's finals.

All five of TCU's regional qualifying marks came from the women's side, where the Flyin' Frogs earned marks in the 100 meters, shot put, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay.

"I thought the day was a mixed bag for us," head coach Darryl Anderson said. "The women ran very well and both relays qualified for the finals. The men just had some tough luck and had misfortune all day. We dropped the sticks in both the 4x100 and 4x400 and I have never seen that in a meet. I am not disappointed in how we competed today. We are certainly making progress."

Competing at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus, TCU's day was highlighted by both of the women's relays. In the 4x400 relay, TCU's unit of Marquita Davis, Kishelle Paul, Deborah Jones and Nathandra John posted a regional qualifying time of 3:34.66, which was only topped by LSU's mark of 3:33.82.

The Frogs' 4x100 relay had the fourth-fastest time of any team with a regional qualifying mark of 44.83. The relay was comprised of Virgil Hodge, Paul, Jamee Jones and Brittany Blaylock.

Hodge also earned a regional qualifying mark in the 100 meters, as she clocked a time of 11.51 to win Heat 10. Unfortunately, Hodge just missed qualifying for the finals by one one-hundredth of a second.



Also competing well in the 100 meters was Jamee Jones, who finished first in Heat 3 and 15th overall with a regional qualifying time of 11.64. Blaylock also posted a personal best in the event with a time of 11.91. Kandis Bell finished third in Heat 3 with a time of 11.95.

Candis Kelley earned her third regional qualifying mark in the shot put in just the third meet this season. Kelley finished third overall with a toss of 49-07.25 (15.12m).

JimAnne Hejny had the busiest day in the field, as she competed in the long jump (section B) and triple jump (section B). Hejny finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 18-09.00 (5.71m) and 16th in the triple jump with a mark of 39-06.00 (12.04m).

"I was pleased with how JimAnne is performing as she continues to get into track shape," Anderson said. "Both her and Clint Renfro have been excellent to work with and they are only going to get better as they come over from women's basketball and football. Just working with those kids has been a pleasure and if the kids we have in other sports at TCU are like these two are, we are in great hands with all of our sports."

In the men's 100 meters, Justyn Warner led TCU with a time of 10.51. Warner's time was good for second in Heat 6 and 13th overall. Delwayne Delaney, who entered the meet with the third-fastest time this season in the 100 meters (10.28), finished second in Heat 3 and 19th overall with a time of 10.56.

Both the men's relay units ran into tough luck with dropped batons in each race.

Despite dropping the stick, the men's 4x400 relay team of Ché Chavez, Delaney, Clint Renfro and Dell Guy just missed qualifying for the finals by six one-hundredths. The group finished 10th overall with a season-best time of 3:10.29.

In other field events, Trey Jordan finished ninth in the shot put (section B) with a toss of 53-11.25 (16.44m). In the discus, Zelma Wade finished 17th with a throw of 143-06 (43.74m).

Competing in the 100-meter hurdles, Mary Minor finished fifth in her heat with a time of 14.46.

Freshman Festus Kigen finished 13th in the men's 1500 meter run (section A) with a personal-best time of 3:53.22.

The Texas Relays will conclude on Saturday. TCU will begin competition with Joe Brown in the javelin at 12:30 p.m. Live results will be available on

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