TCU Competes Well at Penn Relays
April 27, 2002
The TCU Flyin' Frogs turned in some impressive performances on the final day of the 108th running of the Penn Relays, but left the track with a big question mark.
After helping the Flyin' Frogs to an NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the 4x100 meter relay, senior sprinter Steve Slowly, last week's Conference USA Track Athlete of the Week, pulled up in the leadoff leg of the 4x200 meter relay with a hamstring injury. His status following the meet was unknown. Slowly currently owns the NCAA's second fastest time in the open 200 and runs on TCU's provisionally qualified 4x4 relay in addition to the 4x1 squad.
"If not for the injury to Slowly, it would have been a good meet," said TCU Head Coach Monte Stratton. "We performed well and competed hard, but the injury puts a damper on it. We'll have to wait and see how bad it is. The other relays ran very well, especially the women's 4x8. The first handoff on the men's 4x1 was a little rough, but we're starting to see the Demario Wesley on the anchor that we expect to see."
Despite turning in an NCAA automatic qualifying time and its fastest time of the season, the two-time defending Penn Relays men's 4x100 relay champions from TCU were unable to make it three straight. The quartet of Slowly, Michael Frater, Jermaine Joseph and Wesley finished third in a time of 39.17 seconds. Tennessee circled the track in a winning time of 39.08, while Mississippi State took second with a 39.12 clocking.
The Frogs entered the 4x2 with the second fastest time from the prelims and determined to put an end to the Tennessee express. Those thoughts came to an end at about the 150 meter mark when Slowly cramped and pulled up. He was unable to complete his leg and the Frogs were left to watch the Volunteers complete a sweep of the sprint relays with a time of 1:20.20.
On the women's side, the TCU 4x200 meter relay team captured fourth place in the Championship of America finals. The foursome of La' Toya White, Chaunte Baldwin, Tiffany Starts and Larissa Bakasa completed the two laps in 1:34.87, behind LSU (1:31.58), Indiana and South Carolina. The TCU unit of Justina Malone, Perhona Tomlin, Heather Hanchak and Cindy Dietrich took second place in the College Division of the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 8:53.00 behind only Auburn (8:44.42).
Brandal Lawrence was the only TCU individual to compete on Saturday. The junior from Dallas took third place in the triple jump with an outdoor career-best mark of 15.81 meters (51-10.50). His previous outdoor best was 15.78 meters (51-9.25) at the 2000 WAC Championships. LSU standout Walter Davis, who also took the gold medal in the long jump, was the winner in the triple jump with a mark of 16.75 meters.
The Frogs will not compete again until they travel to Louisville for the Conference USA Outdoor Championships, May 10-11.
TCU RESULTS (SATURDAY)
Triple Jump Finals Championship of America Division: 3. Brandal Lawrence 15.81m (51-10.50) - NCAA provisional mark