Flyin' Frogs Bring Home Third Straight Conference Outdoor Title
May 17, 2003
The TCU men's track & field team posted its third consecutive conference outdoor title, while the TCU women's squad placed third, matching its best outdoor finish ever, as the Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships concluded the Belk Track & Field Center today.
The Flyin' Frogs scored 142 points on the men's side, their second highest score in school history, to outlast indoor champion Houston, which finished second with 132.5 points. The TCU women also scored their second most points in a conference meet with 89, trailing only South Florida (147) and Houston (138.5).
"We knew we had to go pretty much flawless on the guys' side and we did that," said TCU Head Coach Monte Stratton, who was named the C-USA Men's Outdoor Track Coach of the Year. "We had a lot of one-two finishes, doing so in the 100, 400 and 800. The football players really stepped up today and that was a key," noted Stratton. "Reggie Harrell won the 110-meter high hurdles, Chris Peoples jumped outstanding to finish second in the high jump and Tyrone Sanders scored a couple of points in the 100. We're thankful for the great relationship we have with the football coaches, who allow those guys to compete with us. It gave us a huge lift today. What can you say about our women?" Stratton continued. "They matched their best finish ever with a minimal squad size. That says alot for the girls on the team. Overall, it was a heck of a day for TCU."
The Frogs posted a pair of Conference USA meet records during the afternoon. Harrell tied the meet record and set a Belk track record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.74 seconds. The men's 4x400 meter relay team of Jason Morgan, Kendall Pyant, Nate Garcia and Brandon Simpson set a C-USA meet record with a time of 3:05.09. Jabari Fields (10.25 in the 100) and Brandon Simpson (45.65 in the 400) also logged Belk Track records.
In addition to the Frogs' one-two finishes in the 100 (Fields and Michael Frater), 400 (Simpson and Jerry Harris) and 800 (Jackson Langat and Morgan), TCU had gold medal performances from Fields in the 200, Langat in the 1500 and Brandal Lawrence in the triple jump. Aundre Edwards took the gold in Friday's long jump finals.
On the women's side, two school records fell for TCU on Saturday. Mary Kinyanjui established a new record in taking the gold medal in the 5000 meter run with a time of 16:47.84, breaking Katie Singleton's mark of 16:52.84, set in 2000. Julie Curtis set a school record in the 400 meter hurdles, finishing third in a time of 59.40, ahead of Carla Poole's best mark of 59.42 in 2001.
Monica Twum capped her senior career with a first place finish in the 100 meter dash (11.47) and anchored TCU's winning 4x100 meter relay unit (44.86), which also featured La' Toya White, Donita Harmon and Tiffany Starts.
The Frogs will next be in action at the first-ever NCAA Midwest Regional Meet, which will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska, May 30-31.
MEN: 1. TCU 142; 2. Houston 132.5; 3. Cincinnati 86.5; 4. Memphis 84; 5. East Carolina 68; 6. Southern Miss 63.5; 7. Marquette 59; 8. South Florida 57.5; 9. Charlotte 55; 10. DePaul 41; 11. Louisville 29.
WOMEN: 1. South Florida 147; 2. Houston 138.5; 3. TCU 89; 4. Marquette 75; 5. Cincinnati 66; T6. Charlotte 54.5; T6. Memphis 54.5; T8. Louisville 45; T8. DePaul 45; 10. Tulane 43; 11. East Carolina 29.5; 12. Southern Miss 26; 13. UAB 5.
1500m Run Finals: 1. Jackson Langat 3:49.17 (Q).
110m Hurdles Finals: 1. Reggie Harrell 13.74 (Q) (Meet Record/Track Record).
High Jump: 2. Chris Peoples 2.22m (7-03.25) (Q).
Pole Vault: 10. Cody Koontz 4.45m (14-07.25).
Triple Jump: 1. Brandal Lawrence 15.49m (50-10.00).
Discus: 15. Michael Toudouze 38.68m (126-11).
400m Dash Finals: 2. Larissa Bakasa 53.78 (Q).
800m Run Finals: 7. Justina Malone 2:16.84.
100m Hurdles Finals: 4. Julie Curtis 14.06 (Q).
400m Hurdles Finals: 3. Julie Curtis 59.40 (Q) (School Record).
NOTE: (Q) - NCAA Regional Qualifying Mark