Men's 4x1 Brings Home Ninth Penn Relays Crown
April 24, 2004
Philadelphia - The TCU men's 4x100 meter relay team regained its position as the top sprint relay team in the land with a victory on Saturday, highlighting the Flyin' Frogs efforts on the third and final day of the 110th running of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
The Frogs' foursome of Jabari Fields, Cleavon Dillon, Jerry Harris and Michael Frater circled the track in 39.45 seconds to take the gold medal. LSU, which held off TCU at the Texas Relays three weeks ago, was three-hundredths of a second behind, finishing in 39.48, while Texas was third in 39.53.The victory was TCU's ninth at Penn since 1986, but their first since 2001.
"We usually dominated here, but the last three years we couldn't get it together," said Frater, a five-time All-American. "Now, finally we are back on top. After four years, this is the sweetest being a senior," he added.
"It's great to get the win and to be the fastest team, at least for today," said TCU head coach Monte Stratton."It sets up to be a great event when we get together again at the NCAA Championships in Austin in June. Overall, we had a great week," continued Stratton. "I'm proud of the way we competed. We had a good three days."
The men's 4x400 meter relay team took third place in the meet's final race in front of a live national television audience, logging a time of 3:02.94. It was the second straight day the foursome of Che Chavez (46.7), Jerry Harris (44.6), Dwayne Lynes-Bell (45.9) and Brett Wilson (45.7) went under 3:03 and was the fourth fastest time in school history. Florida earned the win in 3:01.10, edging the LSU quartet, which covered the distance in 3:01.39.
The Flyin' Frogs women's 4x200 meter relay team turned in an impressive performance as well, taking the bronze medal in Saturday's finals. The TCU quartet of Larissa Bakasa, Donita Harmon, Kandis Bell and Virgil Hodge covered the 800 meter distance in 1:34.10, finishing behind only LSU (1:30.54) and South Carolina (1:32.13).
In individual events involving TCU athletes on Saturday, freshman MaKeatha Cooper placed seventh in the women's 100 meter hurdles, breaking the tape in 13.49 seconds. Nathaniel Garcia finished 14th in the men's 400 meter hurdles, circling the track in 52.40 seconds. Freshman triple jumper Jonathan Jackson placed 14th with a best leap of 13.97 meters (45-10.00).
The Frogs will not be in action again until they travel to Louisville, Kentucky to take part in the Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, May 13-15.
TCU RESULTS (Saturday):
Women's 100 meter Hurdles Finals:7. MaKeatha Cooper 13.49 (NCAA Regional qualifying mark)
Men's 400 meter Hurdles Finals: 14. Nathaniel Garcia 52.40
Men's Triple Jump: 14. Jonathan Jackson 13.97m (45-10.00)
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