Frogs Win Four Events at TCU Invitational

Kip Kangogo

Kip Kangogo

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



100 meters: 2. Cleavon Dillon 10.20; 4. Bradley Reed 10.33; 7. Jay Cooper 10.46; 8. Delwayne Delaney 10.47; 28. Raymond Jones 10.88.

200 meters: 5. Otis McDaniel 20.98; 7. Bradley Reed 21.22; 28. Raymond Jones 22.25; 29. Kimarley Wilson 22.26; 34. Dan Galante 22.53.

400 meters: 6. Brett Wilson 47.11; 15. Quincy Butler 48.49; 18. Dan Galante 49.24; 19. Kimarley Wilson 49.62.

800 meters: 1. Jacob Hernandez 1:50.57; 15. Houston Bolin 2:01.58.

1500 meters: 1. Kip Kangogo 3:44.14; 8. Johnathan Bundren 4:09.56; 10. Houston Bolin 4:11.49

5000 meters: 3. Steven Solazzo 15:23.66; 5. Matt Manly 15:31.68; 7. Alex Morris 15:51.62; 9. J.T. Reinert 16:08.12; 11. Cody Cook 16:34.77.

3000 meter Steeplechase: 4. Steven Lenney 9:43.32.

4x400 meter Relay: 3. TCU (Bradley Reed, Quincy Butler, Jackson Langat, Brett Wilson) 3:08.54.

Long Jump: 1. Cleavon Dillon 7.74m (25-04.75); 12. Michael DePriest 6.51m (21-04.25); 18. Mark Lettieri 6.21m (20-04.50).

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).


100 meters: 3. Kandis Bell 11.64; 4. Jamee Jones 11.70.

200 meters: 6. Jamee Jones 24.01; 8. Donita Harmon 24.07; 13. MaKeatha Cooper 24.80.

400 meters: 2. Deborah Jones 53.55; 4. Nathandra John 53.82; 10. Jordan Durham 57.54.

800 meters: 2. Calandra Stewart 2:11.68; 7. Justina Malone 2:17.06; 17. Elese Dawson 2:37.75.

1500 meters: 2. Calandra Stewart 4:30.71; 5. Halie Bullin 4:41.96; 15. Elese Dawson 5:17.47.

5000 meters: 3. McKale Davis 18:26.89.

100 meter Hurdles: 2. MaKeatha Cooper 13.47; 9. Julie Curtis 14.56; 10. Mary Minor 14.62.

400 meter Hurdles: 3. Julie Curtis 61.86; 7. Mary Minor 65.57; 9. Gina Messamer 66.21.

4x400 meter Relay: 1. TCU (Deborah Jones, Jamee Jones, Donita Harmon, Nathandra John) 3:39.96.

Shot Put: 5. Zelma Wade 13.00m (42-08.00).

Discus: 5. Zelma Wade 39.49m (129-07).

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