Frogs Make Strong Showing in Front of Home Crowd
April 17, 2004
The TCU track & field squad showed a hometown crowd of 1,183 why they have one of the top programs in the country, as the Flyin' Frogs hosted the 5th Annual TCU Track & Field Invitational at the Lowdon track & field complex on the TCU campus Saturday afternoon.
Despite windy conditions which made several marks unacceptable to be considered for regional qualifying status, the Frogs notched seven NCAA Regional qualifying times, four on the men's side and three in the women's ledger.
"I thought is was a very good meet for our men's team and an outstanding meet for our women," said TCU head coach Monte Stratton. "Jerry Harris was outstanding in the 400, especially considering the wind. I thought Jabari Fields really came into his own in the 200. Cleavon Dillon had a good effort in the long jump. The women sprinters had a great meet, especially Donita Harmon. JimAnne Baker showed what a great athlete she is with limited work in the long and triple jump. She could be a huge asset to us by the conference meet."
The Frogs garnered gold medal performances from Harris in the 400 (45.57), Nathaniel Garcia in the 400 meter hurdles (52.54) and the 4x400 relay team (3;08.10) on the men's side, and Harmon in the 100 (11.33) and 200 (23.10), Larissa Bakasa in the 400 (55.24), Calandra Stewart in the 1500 (4:31.80), Mary Kinyanjui in the 5,000, Baker in the triple jump (12.57m) and the 4x100 meter relay (45.35) on the women's side. In addition, freshman Rob Coffman cleared 16 feet for the first time in setting a school record in the pole vault competition.
The lone misstep for the Frogs came in the men's 4x100 meter relay, when a botched handoff between leadoff runner Jabari Fields and Cleavon Dillon, kept TCU from remaining undefeated in the event on its home track. The Frogs entered the meet ranked second in the country in the event after posting a 39.11 at the Texas Relays two weeks ago.
"Those things happen, but they're supposed to happen to others, not us," said Stratton. "It's never a good time for that to happen. We can't undo it, so we have to go forward. It's a short week of preparation as we get ready for the Penn Relays. We'll see if we can get the stick all the way around there."
The Frogs will head to Philadelphia this week to take part in the 110th running of the Penn Relays, which begin Thursday.
100 meters: 3. Michael Frater 10.31 (NCAA Regional qualifying time)
800 meters: 20. Wes Johnson 2:03.88
400 meter Hurdles: 1. Nathaniel Garcia 52.54
Triple Jump: 6. Jonathan Jackson 14.38m
Pole Vault: 3. Rob Coffman 4.90m (16-00.75) (school record)
100 meter Hurdles:-. MaKeatha Cooper FS
Long Jump: 2. JimAnne Baker 5.81m (19-00.75)
Triple Jump: 1. JimAnne Baker 12.57mw
Complete results can be found at www.flashresults.com/flashtexas
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