Frater Advances to National Semis in 100 Meters
May 30, 2002
Sophomore Michael Frater easily advanced through the preliminary round of the 100-meter dash, highlighting TCU's second day at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at the Bernie Moore Stadium on the LSU campus Thursday.
Frater, who earned Conference USA Outdoor Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year honors after winning three gold medals at the conference championships, recorded a time of 10.26 seconds, second in his heat and sixth overall among the 21 runners entered in the event. The top three from each of the three heats plus the next seven best times advanced to Friday's semi-finals.
"My reaction time was ok, but the transition wasn't what I wanted it to be," said Frater. "I just wanted to get through the first round, especially after yesterday," he continued, referring to the disappointment of the 4x100-meter relay unit that failed to advance after Steve Slowly suffered a hamstring injury in the race's first leg. I couldn't sleep last night, it hurt so much. The worst part (of failing to advance) is the not knowing. We finally were at full strength and we didn't get a chance to find out how good we could be. I'll sleep a lot better tonight," he admitted, allowing himself a slight grin.
"Mike looked really good. He looked solid," said TCU Head Coach Monte Stratton. "I'm confident he will run a good race tomorrow and advance to Saturday's finals." Frater will run in the latter of the two semi-finals on Friday. The top four from each heat plus the next fastest time will advance to the finals.
In other action involving TCU athletes on Thursday, Terrance McBryde finished 16th in the prelims of the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.52, while Monica Twum, who was battling hamstring tightness, placed 20th in the women's 100-meter dash with a time of 11.90. Neither runner advanced to the next round.
"Terrance looked a little flat," said Stratton. "He came through the first 200 meters at a pace we wanted. He just wasn't able to respond in the second half of the race like he needed to. His overall time was good, just not good enough at this level.
"Monica looked like she has in the 100 all season -- unsure and fearful," continued Stratton. "I'm cautiously optimistic she will be able to run the anchor leg on the women's 4x1 relay on Friday. If not, we'll have Heather Hanchak ready to go."
"I felt ok at the start," said Twum, "but it (the hamstring) started hurting in the acceleration phase. I pulled back a little after that because we have the 4x1 tomorrow. I don't know yet (if I'll be able to run on Friday). I'll talk to coach about it and see how I feel tomorrow."
100-Meter Prelims: 6. Michael Frater 10.26 (Advanced to semi-finals).
400-Meter Prelims: 16. Terrance McBryde 46.52.
100-Meter Prelims: 20. Monica Twum 11.90.