Women's 4x4 Relay Record Falls In First Day At Penn

April 22, 2004

Philadelphia - The TCU women took center stage as the 110th running of the Penn Relays got underway today at venerable Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Nearly perfect weather helped the ladies post some impressive first day marks, including a school record in the 4x400 meter relay.

"It was a great first day," said TCU head coach Monte Stratton. "Everybody who performed here really did well. Hopefully that sets the tone for the entire weekend."

The women's 4x400 meter relay team will compete in the Championship of America finals on Saturday after shattering the school record in the prelims with a time of 3:37.03. The Frogs' foursome of Larissa Bakasa, Deborah Jones, Jamee Jones and Donita Harmon turned in the seventh fastest time in the prelims and broke the old school record of 3:37.77 set by Bakasa, Tarieka Paige, Heather Hanchak and Perhona Tomlin at the Conference USA Championships in Louisville in 2002.

The women's 4x100 meter relay squad, currently ranked seventh in the nation, got the Frogs off to a strong start by logging the fourth fastest time in Thursday's prelims, advancing to Friday's finals. The quartet of Jamee Jones, Harmon, Kandis Bell and Virgil Hodge circled the track in 44.68 seconds, just two one-thousandths of a second off their season best mark of 44.66. Only LSU (44.17), Miami (Fla.) (44.48) and South Carolina (44.52) logged faster times than the Frogs foursome on Thursday.



Freshman two-sport standout JimAnne Baker placed second in the college women's long jump with a season-best leap of 5.95 meters or 19 feet, six and a quarter inches. That jump was good enough to qualify for the NCAA Regional Championships, which will be held in College Station, Texas, May 28-29. Baker's previous best jump this season was 5.81 meters (19-00.75) at the TCU Invitational last weekend. Freshman Zelma Wade placed 13th in the shot put with a toss of 13.63 meters (44-08.75).

In the lone individual race involving a TCU runner on Thursday, freshman Calandra Stewart placed ninth in the finals of the 3,000 meter run. Stewart logged a time of 9:49.25.

The Frogs will be back in action on Friday. In addition to the finals of the women's 4x1, TCU will compete in the men's 4x100 meter relay prelims, both men's and women's 4x200 meter prelims and the men's 4x400 meter prelims. In addition, freshman MaKeatha Cooper will compete in the 100 meter hurdles and Baker will participate in the triple jump.

TCU RESULTS (Thursday):

Women's 3000 meter Run Finals: 9. Calandra Stewart 9:49.25

Women's Long Jump Finals: 2. JimAnne Baker 5.95m (19-06.25) (NCAA Regional qualifying mark)

Women's Shot Put Finals: 13. Zelma Wade 13.63m (44-08.75)

Women's 4x100 meter Relay Prelims: 4. TCU (Jamee Jones, Donita Harmon, Kandis Bell, Virgil Hodge) 44.68 (NCAA Regional qualifying mark)

Women's 4x400 meter Relay Prelims: 7. TCU (Larissa Bakasa, Deborah Jones, Jamee Jones, Donita Harmon) 3:37.03 (NCAA Regional qualifying mark) (School Record)

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