Flyin' Frogs Win Conference USA Title
May 11, 2002
Michael Frater collected three gold medals to lead the TCU Flyin' Frogs to the Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships completed today at Cardinal Park in Louisville. The Frogs totaled 132.5 points to edge defending Conference USA outdoor champion Cincinnati. The Bearcats finished with 123 points, while Houston was third with 97.5.
Frater, a sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., took top honors in the 100 (10.07), 200 (20.45) and ran the second leg of TCU's winning 4x100-meter relay (39.17). His performance earned him Outstanding Performer of the Meet honors.
The men also got first-place performances from Jason Morgan in the 800 (1:50.80), Herbert Mwangi in the 5,000 (14:38.79) and Brandal Lawrence in the triple jump (15.88m). Mwangi became a two-time winner, as he also won the 10K on Thursday. Terrance McBryde was second in the 400 (45.93), LaTarence Dunbar was second in the 110-meter high hurdles (14.01) and the men's 4x400 meter relay finished second with a season-best time of 3:06.37.
"We couldn't control what the other teams were going to do, so we just needed to take care of our business," said TCU Head Coach Monte Stratton, who was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year. "The guys who competed today just went out and did what they needed to do. We had a lot of clutch performances. I thought Jason Morgan winning the 800 and LaTarence Dunbar taking second in the hurdles was especially big. It was a great day all around."
On the women's side, TCU placed fourth with 65 points. Houston won the team title with 144 points ahead of Marquette (119) and South Florida (85.5).
The Frogs lone first place performance was turned in by the 4x100-meter relay team of La' Toya White, Chaunte Baldwin, Tiffany Starts and Monica Twum in a time of 44.25. The 4x4 unit of Larissa Bakasa, Tarieka Paige, Heather Hanchak and Perhona Tomlin set a school record with their second place finish and NCAA provisional time of 3:37.77. Baldwin (11.53) and Tomlin (2:08.22) also turned in silver medal performances in the 100 and 800 respectively.
"The women did as well as they could," said Stratton. "They competed well and good things happened."
The conference championship was the sixth for TCU in its first year in Conference USA. The Frogs previously won the men's indoor track championship and captured titles in women's basketball, men's and women's golf and women's tennis.
A select group of Frogs will attend the Georgia Tech Last Chance Meet next Saturday in Atlanta while others will begin preparations for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which will be contested in Baton Rouge, La., May 29-June 1.
TCU Results (Saturday only):
110-meter High Hurdles: 2. LaTarence Dunbar 14.01.
400-meter Dash: 2. Terrance McBryde 45.93.
800-meter Run: 1. Jason Morgan 1:50.80.
Triple Jump: 1. Brandal Lawrence 15.88m (52-01.25)
Pole Vault: T8. Cody Koontz 4.70m (15-5)
TEAM SCORES: 1. TCU 132.50; 2. Cincinnati 123; 3. Houston 97.50; 4. Charlotte 79; 5. East Carolina 65; 6. DePaul 56; 7. Memphis 52; 8. South Florida 48; 9. Tulane 47; 10. Louisville 43.50; 11. Southern Miss 42.50; 12. Marquette 33.
400-meter Dash: 3. Larissa Bakasa 53.80.
1500-meter Run: 3. Cindy Dietrich 4:33.79.
TEAM SCORES: 1. Houston 144; 2. Marquette 119; 3. South Florida 85.50; 4. TCU 65; 5. Louisville 64; 6. Tulane 61; 7. East Carolina 53; 8. Cincinnati 52; 9. Southern Miss 50; 10. Memphis 48; 11. DePaul 35.50; 12. Charlotte 29; 13. UAB 10.