Horned Frogs Off To Fast Start At Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 27, 2001) - The TCU Flyin' Frogs track & field team continued their impressive ways during Friday's action at the 107th running of the Penn Relays.

The Frogs electrified the crowd with a 1:19.71 clocking in the prelims of the 4x200 meter relay. The foursome of Lindel Frater, Steve Slowly, Darvis Patton and Kim Collins recorded the second fastest mark in collegiate history, bettered only by the quartet of Frater, Ricardo Williams, Patton and Collins in the finals at last year's Penn Relays (1:19.67), and nearly two and a half seconds faster than their closest competitor, Middle Tennessee State (1:22.34). The same TCU foursome also turned in the fastest prelim time in the 4x100 relay, logging a 38.84 mark, the second fastest collegiate time ever run at Penn Relays. The 1991 Horned Frogs of Jon Drummond, Carey Johnson, Ralston Wright and Horatio Porter own the Penn Relays record of 38.80. The only other squad to go under 40 seconds in this year's prelims was Tennessee, which turned in a 39.88 reading.

The TCU sprint medley relay of Kendrick Campbell, Mario Ponds, Roy Williams and Eliud Njubi ran to a third place finish in 3:15.44, behind only Florida and South Carolina. Jason Howard placed sixth in the long jump with a best leap of 7.39m or 24-03.00.

Freshman Michael Frater advanced to the finals in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.49, while fellow freshman Reggie Harrell advanced to the finals in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 13.97.

On the women's side the Frogs sprint team of Sonia Williams, Chaunte Baldwin, Janice Thomas and Monica Twum finished sixth in the finals of the 4x100 meter relay with a season-best time of 44.60. Twum advanced to the finals in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.53.

In Thursday's late action, Herbert Mwangi set a school record in the 10,000 meters, logging a time of 29:47.78, just three seconds off an NCAA provisional qualifying time. The previous school record was set by Andres Gomes in 1992 (29:50.8). Glady's Keitany set a personal record, a school record and an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 16:44.54 in the 5,000 meters. Cindy Dietrich (9:55.06) and Allie Koons (9:57.68) both set personal bests in the 3,000 meters.



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