Flyin' Frogs Have Strong First Day at C-USA Outdoor Meet
May 16, 2003
The TCU track & field team had a successful day at the Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held on the Belk track in Charlotte today. Led by Aundre Edwards first place finish in the long jump, the Flyin' Frogs are set to challenge for the men's title on Saturday, while the women will push for a top three finish.
"We were pretty much flawless today," said TCU Head Coach Monte Stratton. "There were a couple of hiccups, which is to be expected, but overall we did very well on both the men's and women's sides. We were able to get most of the athletes we expected to through to the finals. It's important to do well in the prelims on Friday because you can't score points sitting in the stands on Saturday."
Edwards, a junior who earned all-America honors during the 2002 outdoor season, duplicated his 2003 conference indoor title with a meet best long jump of 7.60 meters (24-11.25). Cleavon Dillon gave the Frogs 14 points total in the event with a fifth place finish. The sophomore, who earned all-America accolades during the 2002 indoor season, leaped a season-best 7.38 meters (24-02.50), good enough to qualify for the NCAA Regional meet.
In the only other final involving a TCU male athlete on Friday, Steven Lenney scored one point with an eighth place finish in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Lenney finished the race in a season-best time of 9:38.67, more than 17 seconds faster than his previous best mark this season.
In men's preliminary action on Friday, the Frogs sent three men to Saturday's finals in the 100 and 400 meter dashes and two in the 200 and 800 meter events. Jabari Fields and Jackson Langat each turned in strong performances. Fields recorded the fastest times in both the 100 (10.42) and 200 (20.76) meters. His time in the 200 was a Belk Track record. Langat logged the fastest times in both the 800 (1:49.37) and 1500 (3:49.30) meter events. In addition, Jerry Harris posted the fastest time in the 400 with a time of 46.52.
All-America sprinter Michael Frater competed for the Horned Frogs for the first time since pulling a hamstring muscle in the finals of the 60-meter dash at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. He won his heat and placed third overall in the 100 meter dash prelims in 10.52 seconds, just missing an NCAA Regional qualifying mark by two one-hundredths of a second.
"Mike looked good," said Stratton. "He kind of cruised in. He didn't complain of any soreness, so he should be ready for Saturday's 100 finals and the anchor leg on the sprint relay."
On the women's side, Alayne Thompson earned the Frogs' lone two points of the day with a seventh place finish in the 3000 meter steeplechase, finishing in 11:10.01. It was a gutty performance by the 2002 Conference USA cross country Freshman of the Year, as she suffered a sprained ankle on Thursday.
In other women's action, the Frogs sent four runners to Saturday's finals in the 200 and three runners advanced to the finals in the 100 meter dash. Monica Twum, Donita Harmon and La' Toya White will represent the Frogs in the finals of both sprint events. Larissa Bakasa (400) and Justina Malone (800) each logged the second fastest prelim time in her respective event. Freshman Julie Curtis posted a pair of fifth place finishes in the prelims of the 100 and 400 meter hurdle events. Her 1:00.64 time in the 400 hurdles represented a season-best mark.
The Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet concludes on Saturday at Charlotte's Belk Track.
1500m Run Prelims: 1. Jackson Langat 3:49.30 (A) (Q).
110m Hurdles Prelims: 3. Reggie Harrell 14.10 (A).
400m Hurdles Prelims: 9. Nathaniel Garcia 53.56.
400m Dash Prelims: 2. Larissa Bakasa 54.05 (A) (Q).
800m Run Prelims: 2. Justina Malone 2:13.95 (A).
100m Hurdles Prelims: 5. Julie Curtis 14.26 (A).
400m Hurdles Prelims: 5. Julie Curtis 1:00.64 (A) (Q).
NOTE: (A) - Advance to Saturday's Finals; (Q) - NCAA Regional Qualifying Mark