TCU set for Tyson Invitational

Feb. 14, 2008

Tyson Invitational Release

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU track and field team returns to the track on Friday and Saturday at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. The meet will mark the Flyin' Frogs final meet until the Mountain West Indoor Championships in two weeks.

"We are looking forward to going back to Arkansas again," said head coach Darryl Anderson. "It will be important for us to raise our level of performance. The last couple of days we have had really good practices. Overall, this weekend will be a big indicator of how we will fare for the remainder of the season."

The Tyson Invitational will begin on Friday with both the men's and women's field events starting at 9 a.m. at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Running events will begin on Saturday at approximately 9 a.m. with the women's 5,000 meters.

Competing against the Flyin' Frogs this weekend will be a list that includes 15 schools ranked in the top 25: Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Stanford and Texas.

ESPN2 will be showing the invitational on tape delay Sunday from 4-6 p.m.

In its last outing, TCU earned five NCAA provisional marks and won three different events at the Rod McCravy Invitational in Lexington, Ky.

Highlights in Lexington included, Sean Zurko, who recorded an NCAA provisional time of 1:50.17 to finish third overall in the men's 800 meters and Che Chavez clocking an NCAA provisional mark of 47.01 in the men's 400 meters to finish second overall.

On the women's side, senior Virgil Hodge continued her dominance on the track by finishing second overall in the women's 60 meters with an NCAA provisional time of 7.32., while the 4x400 unit of Jessica Clarke, Kristal Juarez, Brittany Blaylock and Kishelle Paul brought home fourth-place honors with an NCAA provisional mark of 3:39.82

Last Year At The Tyson Invitational
TCU's 4x400 relay team of Nathandra John, Marquita Davis, Deborah Jones and Kishelle Paul ran into the history books by breaking the school record with a time of 3:37.48, while Neidra Covington and Jonathan Jackson in the triple jump, Candis Kelley in the shot put and Virgil Hodge in the 60 meters earned NCAA provisional marks.

Flyin' Frogs Enter Rankings
Heading into last week the TCU women's track and field squad moved into the national rankings by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association at No. 25. The TCU women moved down to No. 28 in the country after a week off from competition.

Individually, TCU ranks in the top 25 in five different events. Virgil Hodge is currently sitting at No. 4 in the NCAA in the 200 meters and No. 11 in the 60 meters, while sophomore Neidra Covington cracks the rankings in the triple jump at No. 21. The women's 4x4 relay unit of Jessica Clarke, Kristal Juarez, Brittany Blaylock and Kishelle Paul also make their first appearance in the rankings at No. 11. Freshman Stormy Harrison sits just outside the top 25 at No. 31 in the shot put. On the men's side, senior Jonathan Jackson has recorded the 11th-best leap in the nation.

Hodge Named Athlete of the Week Again
TCU senior Virgil Hodge collected her second weekly honor of the season by the MWC last week for her efforts at the Rod McCravy Invitational. Overall, she placed second in both the 60-meter and the 200-meter dashes, clocking an NCAA provisional time of 7.32 in the 60. With her time she secured the fastest 60-meter time in the MWC this season and is tied for the 11th fastest in the nation.

Recording NCAA Provisional Marks
Three meets into the 2008 indoor season, TCU has already posted nine NCAA provisional marks. Rewind to last winter and TCU had only recorded seven NCAA provisional marks after four meets. Flyin' Frogs who have recorded provisional marks in 2008 are Virgil Hodge, Che Chavez, Sean Zurko, Jonathan Jackson, Stormy Harrison, Neidra Covington and the women's 4x400-relay unit.

Hodge Representing TCU In The World
Senior Virgil Hodge, who is one of the most decorated track and field athletes in TCU history, is currently sitting No. 26 in the world in the women's 200 meters according to the IAAF. Hodge, a St. Kitts native, clocked a time of 23.63 at the season-opening Arkansas Invitational.

Her time of 7.32 seconds in the 60 meters ranks in the top-60 in the world standings. Overall, Hodge has been ranked in the top-60 in the world since Jan. 12.

New Face To The Program
Clemore Henry comes to TCU following a successful freshman campaign at Arkansas. At the Indoor SEC Championships, he clocked a preliminary time of 21.54 in the 200 meters and ran the second leg of the DMR that earned runner-up honors with a time of 9:49.79. He later competed in the 200 meters, the 400 meters and the 4x100-meters at the SEC Championships. Finally, at the 2007 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, he ran the third leg of the 4x100-meter relay that punched a ticket to the NCAA Championships with a runner-up finish and season-best time of 39.77. Henry has competed in two of the three meets this winter for the Flyin' Frogs and returns this weekend for the Tyson Invite.

TCU Spotlight
Dell Guy came into this indoor season having been named Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year at both the Indoor and Outdoor MWC Championships. Last season, he notched personal-best indoor marks of 21.39 in the 200 meters and 47.06 in the 400 meters. His time of 47.06 in the 400 meters allowed him to break the tape in third-place at the MWC Championships. Guy had a solid day in the 400 in Kentucky, recording a time of 47.50 seconds to place eighth overall at the Rod McCravy Invitational.

Talented 200 Unit
Three meets into the 2008 season, TCU has put up some impressive numbers on the women's side in the 200 meters. Not only has Virgil Hodge currently posted the fourth fastest time in the nation, but newcomer Jessica Clarke has opened the year in a flurry, recording a third-place finish at the Arkansas Invite and her first meet title at Texas Tech. Overall, TCU claims the top-three times in the Mountain West Conference on the women's side. The men have been just as dominant in the 200 with Mychal Dungey, Otis McDaniel and Dell Guy recording the top three times in the MWC.

Paul Notches Personal Best
Three meets into her junior season, Georgia native Kishelle Paul has picked up where she left off last spring, posting personal bests. At Texas Tech, Paul clocked an 8.56 in the 55 meter high hurdles to secure her fastest 60 meter high hurdles time of her career. She followed by recording a 8.51 in Lexington, Ky. Paul currently leads the MWC in the 60 meter high hurdles.

Chavez Running Strong
Che Chavez won his first event title at Texas Tech in the 400 meters since capturing the 200 meters at the North Texas Classic last year. His victory at TTU marked the first time in his career he has won the 400 during the indoor season. His time of 47.01 is second in the MWC. In Lexington, Chavez recorded an NCAA provisional mark, his first of the year.

Hodge and Jackson Honored
TCU seniors Jonathan Jackson and Virgil Hodge were selected as the Mountain West Conference men's and women's indoor track and field athletes of the week following their performances at the season opening Arkansas Invitational.

Jackson, a Grand Prairie native, received the men's award after winning the men's triple jump at the season opening Arkansas Invitational. Jackson won the event for the second consecutive season by earning an NCAA provisional mark with a career-best indoor leap of 15.77m (51-09.00). His jump at the Arkansas Invite is currently the top mark in the Mountain West Conference and lone provisional mark set in the men's triple jump.

Hodge, a five-time All-American, won both the 60-meter and 200-meter titles at the Arkansas Invitational by setting NCAA provisional marks in both events. Hodge clocked a time of 7.38 in the 60-meter and turned in a time of 23.63 in the 200-meter. Her 200-meter time is good enough to rank fourth all-time in the Mountain West Conference and currently holds the front position for the season in the league.

Top Billings In The Mountain West Conference
After its third competition of the indoor season, TCU currently holds the top spot in the Mountain West Conference in 12 different events. In addition, the Flyin' Frogs have the top two times posted in the men's 60 meters and men's and women's 200 meters. Newcomers Making Noise Early TCU head coach Darryl Anderson brought in an impressive list of recruits last season, including two Track and Field News All-Americans in Mychal Dungey and Matthew Love. The newcomers put up some impressive marks in Fayetteville. On the women's side, Stormy Harrison won the shot put, while Amber Anderson placed fifth in the triple jump. Fellow newcomer La'Quinta Ross in her first collegiate outing jumped 5.73m to finish sixth overall in the long jump. On the men's side, Dungey clocked a time of 21.45 in the 200 meters to turn in a second-place finish. Jordan Pitts also placed second overall in the 60-meter hurdles by recording a time of 7.97. Finally, Las Vegas native Sean Zurko opened his career crossing the finish line in 1:52.37 to place second out of 41 competitors in the 800 meters.

Home Meet Information
TCU for the first time in school history will host three meets this spring at the Lowdon Track & Field Complex, including the Mountain West Conference Championships. TCU will kickoff its outdoor season with the second annual Horned Frog Invitational on March 22. Th Flyin' Frogs will then host the ninth annual TCU Invitational on April 18-19 and the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships on May 14-17.

Up Next
The Flyin' Frogs will have a week off before traveling to Colorado for the Mountain West Conference Championships at the Air Force Academy. The conference meet will begin on Feb. 28.



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