Women's 4x1 Relay Takes Fifth at Penn

April 23, 2004

Philadelphia - The TCU women's 4x100 meter relay team posted a fifth place finish, while the men's 4x400 meter relay squad logged the third fastest time in school history, highlighting the Flyin' Frogs efforts on the second day of the 110th running of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field on Friday.

"We had our second good day in a row," said TCU head coach Monte Stratton. "One more and you can call it a streak. Everything we did today we did well. We are in a lot of events on Saturday, which tells you we did a lot of good things on Thursday and Friday. Hopefully we can finish the meet strong."

The TCU quartet of Jamee Jones, Donita Harmon, Kandis Bell and Virgil Hodge got the stick around the one lap race in a season-best time of 44.48 seconds. LSU won the Championship of America race in 42.92 seconds. South Carolina was second, followed by Miami (Fla.) and Louisiana Tech ahead of the Frogs. The TCU foursome, comprised of two freshmen (Jones and Hodge) and two sophomores (Harmon and Bell), is currently ranked seventh in the nation, according to the latest Trackwire.com poll.

The men's 4x400 meter relay quartet of Che Chavez (46.3), Jerry Harris (44.8), Dwayne Lynes-Bell (46.2) and Brett Wilson (45.6) had the fastest time in the prelims and the third fastest time in school history, breaking the tape in an impressive time of 3:02.89. LSU was second in 3:04.18. Only the 1983 national championship quartet of Allen Ingraham, James Richard, Keith Burnett and David Walker, which turned in a time of 3:02.09, and the 1986 foursome of Gerald Alexander, Keith Burnett, Michael Cannon and Tony Allen, which logged a time of 3:02.74, have turned in faster times in Flyin' Frog history. This year's foursome will be looking to claim TCU's third Penn Relays 4x4 title on Saturday. The Frogs won here in 2000 and again last season when Jason Morgan, Harris, Jackson Langat and Brandon Simpson turned in a time of 3:05.41.



The men's 4x100 meter relay team took to the track for the first time on Friday and advanced through the preliminary round in good shape. The foursome of Jabari Fields, Cleavon Dillon, Harris and Michael Frater circled the track in 39.75 seconds, the second fastest time in the prelims behind only LSU (39.41). The Frogs will be looking for their ninth Penn Relays title in Championship of America finals on Saturday. TCU captured the 4x1 crown previously in 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000 and 2001.

The women's 4x200 meter relay squad also had a strong showing with the third fastest prelim time on Friday. The Frogs' 1:33.63 clocking trailed only LSU (1:31.75) and South Carolina (1:33.22). The foursome of Larissa Bakasa, Harmon, Bell and Hodge will compete in Saturday's finals.

In the only other finals involving a TCU athlete on Friday, freshman horizontal jumper JimAnne Baker placed fifth in the college division of the women's triple jump. The Cisco, Texas product turned in a best jump of 12.19 meters, or 40 feet even. Baker, who also is on the women's basketball team at TCU, placed second in the college division of the long jump competition on Thursday.

Freshman MaKeatha Cooper advanced to the 100 meter hurdles finals by logging the eighth fastest time in the preliminaries. She raced to a time of 13.42 seconds on Friday and will compete in the finals on Saturday afternoon.


Women's 4x100 meter Relay Finals: 5. TCU (Jamee Jones, Donita Harmon, Kandis Bell, Virgil Hodge) 44.48 (NCAA Regional qualifying mark)

Women's Triple Jump Finals: 5. JimAnne Baker 12.19m (40-00.00)

Women's 100 meter Hurdles Prelims: 8. MaKeatha Cooper 13.42 (Advanced to Finals) (NCAA Regional qualifying mark)

Men's 4x100 meter Relay Prelims: 2. TCU (Jabari Fields, Cleavon Dillon, Jerry Harris, Michael Frater) 39.75 (Advanced to Finals) (NCAA Regional qualifying mark)

Women's 4x200 meter Relay Prelims: 3. TCU (Larissa Bakasa, Donita Harmon, Kandis Bell, Virgil Hodge) 1:33.63 (Advanced to Finals)

Men's 4x400 meter Relay Prelims: 1. TCU (Che Chavez, Jerry Harris, Dwayne Lynes-Bell, Brett Wilson) 3:02.89 (Advanced to Finals) (NCAA Regional qualifying mark)

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