TCU's 4x4 Relay Earns All-America Honors
June 11, 2005
Sacramento, Calif. - The TCU women's 4x400 meter relay team earned All-America status with an eighth place finish as the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships came to a close at the Alex Spanos Complex on the Sacramento State University campus on Saturday. It marks the first All-America certificates won by a women's mile relay team in school history.
Running out of the unfavorable lane one, freshman Marquita Davis ran the opening leg for the Flyin' Frogs. Davis got off to a solid start over the first 200 meters, but tightened up somewhat down the stretch and handed to sophomore Deborah Jones with the Frogs trailing the pack but still in the hunt. Jones was unable to make up any ground on the second leg before handing the baton to junior Donita Harmon. Any chance the Frogs had of making a comeback vanished when Harmon got hung up in a slew of runners in the exchange zone and nearly came to a stop to avoid other runners. By the time she cleared the zone, the Frogs were well back of the leaders. Harmon made up some ground on seventh-place Wyoming, but handed to sophomore Nathandra John with the Frogs still trailing the field. Unlike at the Midwest Regional meet two weeks ago, John was unable to pass Wyoming's Jessica Fox in the final lap, breaking the tape in 3:32.10. Texas won the race in 3:27.13, giving the Longhorns the team title in the process.
"From where we came from in January (when the new coaching staff took over), we have to hold our heads high," said TCU assistant coach D'Andre Hill. We had a little bad luck when Harmon got caught in the exchange zone and we did not run as well as we had hoped to, but we are proud of what we accomplished this year and look forward to next year."
The Frogs were not looking to make any excuses after the race despite having three of their four runners competing in a national championship for the first time.
"It was the same lane assignment that we had at Oklahoma for the regionals and we ran our fastest time of the season there," said John. "Right now I'm thinking about next year. We're going to be so much better than we were this year."
The Frogs finished the meet with one point, the fifth straight year they have scored at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.