TCU's 4x100 Places First at Texas Relays


April 2, 2016

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AUSTIN -- The TCU men's and women's track and field teams concluded the 2016 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Saturday with another solid performance in Austin, Texas.

TCU advanced both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays to the finals yesterday, and their final-day effort did not disappoint.

The men's 4x100-meter relay team of junior Raymond Bozmans, senior Sam Watts, freshman Darrion Flowers and senior Ronnie Baker won the race with a first-place time of 39.08.

"We had a good weekend," said director of track and field Darryl Anderson. "The guys came in and ran well. Winning the 4x100 at the Texas Relays is huge, and opening up at 39.08 is pretty good."

Competing for TCU in the men's 4x400-meter relay was senior Joshua Washington, Watts, Bozmans and sophomore Kevin McClanahan. The quartet ended up placing second in the event, clocking in at 3:06.22.

"The 4x400 guys did that without Ronnie [Baker], so I was very pleased with that. They competed really well, which helps us out down the line since they can continue to do that and get better throughout the season."

Senior Brianna McGhee proceeded to do what she has done since the first day of the indoor season - break school records. The senior from Omaha, Neb. topped her previous program record of 13.24 in the 100-meter hurdles after recording a time of 13.19. Her prior record was also set at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

"Brianna McGhee had an outstanding race. After not making the finals yesterday and then getting a spot in the invitational this morning, she was fired up and excited for redemption."

Against a competitive field of four professionals, Baker took home third in the men's 100-meter dash invitational behind a time of 10.30.

"Baker getting third in the invitational is really good. He ran against some professional and international guys, which will help him down the line. You look at the times, and you might say, 'What happened?' but they ran into a heavy headwind. The winds changed as soon as they got into the blocks."

Baker's time fell short of only Japan's Yoshihide Kiryu (10.24) in heat two of the event.

In the women's shot put, senior Megan Smith logged a mark of 53-9.75 (16.40m) on her third attempt. Her effort would hold on through the finals, giving her third place.

"Megan had a pretty decent weekend. She has set the bar really high for herself, so the key is that we just continue to get better week to week. Overall, she's going to be an amazing competitor for us the rest of the way."

The Horned Frogs will return to action on Saturday, April 9 at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz.


 

 

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