TCU Dominant on Final Day of MWC Championships
May 16, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. - TCU posted 23 NCAA regional qualifying marks, won 10 of 28 events and set seven new complex records on Saturday to conclude action at the 2009 Mountain West Conference Championships.
"We had a lot of outstanding performances today and a lot of conference champions," said head coach Darryl Anderson. "All-in-all, I thought everyone competed well today. Finally, everyone came together and looked like a team. Overall, I feel real good about where we are at as a team heading into the regional and nationals."
The TCU men, who entered the day with only 16 points, finished in second-place with 139 points, while the Flyin' Frog women also collected runner-up honors with 125 points. BYU won both the men and women's titles with 214 and 190 points, respectively.
In the men's 100 meters, the Flyin' Frogs simply dominated the final round, claiming the top-five spots on Saturday afternoon with three of the nations top-15 times. Senior Andon Mitchell captured the event-title with a personal-best and NCAA regional qualifying time of 10.26 seconds, just clipping fellow senior Otis McDaniel at the line, who also clocked a seasonal-best and regional qualifying time of 10.26 seconds. Mitchell and McDaniel's times are currently tied for No. 9 in the NCAA. Justyn Warner and Mark Barnes followed in third and fourth-place with regional qualifying times of 10.27 and 10.38 seconds, respectively. Finally, Mychal Dungey, a sophomore from Austin, crossed the finish line in fifth-place with an NCAA regional qualifying and seasonal-best time of 10.39 seconds.
"Our guys really stepped up in the 100 meters, which was phenomenal," said Anderson.
On the women's side, junior Jessica Young continued her domination on the track on Saturday, breezing past the competition in the 100 meters with a complex record and NCAA regional qualifying time of 11.25 seconds. The junior from South Carolina also won the 200 meters with a personal-best time of 23.17 seconds. With the victory, Young broke the previous complex record, posted the 10th-best mark in the nation and clocked the seventh-fastest time in program history. Jessica Clarke earned third-place honors in the event with a seasonal-best and regional qualifying time of 23.58 seconds.
Dungey came back later in the day to capture the 200 meters crown with a personal-best and regional qualifying time of 20.67 seconds. The sophomore's time, which set a new Louis S. Madrid Complex record, is currently the 11th-fastest time in the nation and the fifth-fastest time in the Midwest Region for 2009. By winning the event, Dungey became the fourth consecutive Flyin' Frog to win the men's 200-meter dash. McDaniel and Dell Guy followed in third and fourth-place with seasonal-best times of 20.85 seconds and 21.04 seconds, respectively. Both times are NCAA regional qualifying times. Finally, Mitchell recorded a sixth-place finish with a seasonal-best and regional qualifying time of 21.22 seconds.
Senior Kishelle Paul closed out her MWC career capturing the conference crown in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-best and regional qualifying time of 13.38 seconds. Paul, who captured her third 100-meter hurdle title in Laramie on Saturday, crossed the finish line with the No. 20 time in the NCAA. On the men's side, Jordan Pitts was also victorious for the second-consecutive season in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.44 seconds.
"Kishelle Paul did a great job today," said Anderson. "She didn't make the 400-meter hurdle finals, which is her main event, but she came back today didn't pout and stepped up to get a big personal-best."
For the second-consecutive year, sophomore Stormy Harrison crushed the women's shot put field, claiming the event-title with a new complex and seasonal-best throw of 52 feet, 6 ¾ inches. Harrison's personal-best throw was a regional qualifying mark and the second-best throw in program history. It also currently sits as the 19th-best toss in the NCAA and the fifth-best throw in the Midwest Region. Senior Candis Kelley closed out her MWC career finishing fourth overall with a regional qualifying toss of 48 feet, 3 ¼ inches. On the men's side, Marcus Cannon led TCU with a second-place performance on Saturday. Cannon tossed the shot put 54 feet, 10 ¼ inches, which just missed a regional qualifying mark.
Both of the Flyin' Frogs 4x100's were victorious on Saturday with the men's 4x100 claiming first-place honors for the fourth-consecutive year with a seasonal-best and new track record time of 39.42 seconds. The unit, which consisted of Warner, McDaniel, Dungey and Mitchell, clocked the eighth-fastest time in the NCAA and the No. 3 ranked time in the Midwest Region in Wyoming. The women's 4x100 quartet of Whitney Gipson, Clarke, Kristal Juarez and Young also set a new Louis S. Madrid complex record on Saturday with a regional qualifying time of 44.66 seconds. The Flyin' Frogs have now won both the men's and women's 4x100 relay titles for the past four years to remain undefeated at the conference championships since joining the league.
The men's 4x400 closed out the championships winning the event-title with a regional qualifying time of 3:08.18 seconds, while the women's 4x400 recorded runner-up honors with a regional qualifying time of 3:38.47 seconds.
Other highlights on the day included, Clarke and Juarez finishing second and third overall in the women's 400 meters. Clarke earned runner-up honors with a seasonal-best time of 52.85 seconds. Juarez blazed to a personal-best time of 52.96 seconds to cross the finish line in third-place with the program's fourth-fastest time ever. Clarke's time currently sits as the ninth-fastest time in the nation, while Juarez recorded the No. 11 ranked time in the NCAA on Saturday. Both student-athletes broke the previous complex record. On the men's side, Guy collected runner-up honors.
"Kristal Juarez was probably the outstanding performer of the meet for us this weekend. She had a big personal-best today and really sets us up well to be able to make a long run the rest of the year in the mile relay," said Anderson.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Meaghan Peoples continued her outstanding week at the MWC Championships by posting her highest finish of her career in the event with a personal-best and regional qualifying time of 59.84 seconds to earn runner-up honors. Peoples, who posted the sixth-fastest time in the Midwest Region on Saturday, broke the previous complex record. Meaghan Ryan followed in fifth-place with a personal-best time of 1:00.77 seconds, which just missed an NCAA regional qualifying mark.
Junior Neidra Covington led the Flyin' Frogs in the women's triple jump, soaring 41 feet, 9 ¾ inches to collect runner-up honors with an NCAA regional qualifying mark.
TCU will have a week off before competing at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Norman, Okla.