Frogs Win Four Events at TCU Invitational
April 23, 2005
The TCU Flyin' Frogs earned four first place finishes at the Sixth Annual TCU Invitational Track & Field meet, held Saturday at the Lowdon Track & Field Complex on the TCU campus.
The highlight of the meet for the Frogs came early, as distance standout Kip Kangogo broke the meet record in the 1,500 meter run. Paced for 1,200 meters by teammate Jackson Langat, Kangogo was able to pull away from the field with a winning time of 3:44.14, just ahead of the meet record of 3:44.37 set by former TCU all-American Eliud Njubi in 2001. Windy conditions kept Kangogo from challenging the school record of 3:40.31, also held by Njubi. Njubi, running unattached, placed second in 3:55.34.
The Frogs also got wins from Cleavon Dillon in the long jump with a wind-aided mark of 7.74 meters (25-04.75), from freshman Jacob Hernandez in the 800 meters (1:50.57); and from the women's 4x400 meter relay (a meet record 3:39.96). Hernandez win was especially exciting as he nipped South Plains' Reuben Twijukye by one one-hundredth of a second as both runners fell across the finish line. The two-and-a-half second win by the women's 4x4 relay was not as easy as it appears. Jamee Jones, running the second leg, appeared to have the baton in hand following the exchange with Deborah Jones, but dropped the stick and surrendered the lead to Texas Tech. Donita Harmon ran a strong third leg to get the Frogs back in the lead and Nathandra John pulled away on the anchor leg for the win.
The women's 4x4 relay was not the only relay in which the Frogs had trouble with the baton, as both the men's and women's 4x100 meter relay units failed to get the stick around the oval. The women were unable to make the first exchange, while the men came undone on the final pass.
"Overall it was a good meet for us," said TCU head coach Darryl Anderson. "We started uphill, as neither sprint relay could get the stick around. The men had a good one going - they were leading the race at the last exchange. But otherwise, we had some seasonal best and posted some regional qualifying marks. Obviously those who had winning performances stand out, like Kip Kangogo and Cleavon Dillon. The women's mile relay dropped the baton but still won, which is huge for the girls to fight through that adversity and still win. Hernandez was not feeling well, but really wanted to compete because it was the home meet. I probably shouldn't have run him, but he wanted to go.
"We've gotten better as every week goes by," continued Anderson. "We will go to Penn next week. Even though it's a short week of preparation, I feel good about our chances. We will run a DMR (distance medley relay), a 4x1 and a 4x4 on the men's side and a 4x1 and a 4x4 with the women."
Other top performances turned in on Saturday included Oklahoma's DaBryan Blanton winning the 100 in 10.12 seconds; Texas Tech's Jonathan Johnson winning the 400 in 45.95; South Plains' Isa Phillips winning the 400 meter hurdles in a meet record time of 50.25; Texas Tech's 4x400 meter relay unit posting a meet record time of 3:04.83; Texas Tech's Shereefa Lloyd winning the 400 in a meet record time of 52.35; and Texas Tech's Tori Polk with a meet record long jump of 6.33 meters (20-09.25).
Several of the Flyin' Frogs will travel to Philadelphia this coming week for the 111th running of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field. The rest of the squad will begin preparations for the Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held in Houston, May 12-14.
NOTE: Complete results can be found at http://flashresults.com/flashtexas/tcuinv05
3000 meter Steeplechase: 4. Steven Lenney 9:43.32.
Triple Jump: 6. Michael DePriest 14.29m (46-10.75).
Discus: 6. Joey Kramer 41.14m (135-00).
Javelin: 4. Joe Brown 55.61m (182-05).
5000 meters: 3. McKale Davis 18:26.89.
Shot Put: 5. Zelma Wade 13.00m (42-08.00).
Discus: 5. Zelma Wade 39.49m (129-07).