TCU Notches Five Wins in Home Finale
May 2, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU track and field teams finished the last regular season meet strong with five wins in front of a crowd of 1,342 fans at the Lowdon Track & Field Complex on Saturday.
"I thought we had a good meet," TCU director of track and field Darryl Anderson said. "Whatever the reasons may be, we perform really well at home. We had a lot of really good things happen, we had people step up, it was a great team effort and it was a beautiful day."
Junior Ronnie Baker continued to dazzle with his performance on the track, turning in another victory in the men's 100 meters. The 2015 NCAA 60-meter Champion improved his time for third consecutive week, charging down the track to a wind-legal PR of 10.08.
"Ronnie is Ronnie," Anderson said. "He ran a 10.08, which is another PR for him that's wind-legal."
Following closely behind Baker was sophomore Kolby Listenbee, who finished third at 10.27, also improving on his time from last week and moves him to No. 13 on the NCAA West qualifying list.
Baker and Listenbee kicked off the running portion of the day with a win and strong time heading into postseason in the men's 4x100 relay. Sophomore Cameron Echols-Luper and senior Ramone Bailey started the race, while Baker and Listenbee ran the final two legs and paced to a time of 39.18 seconds.
It's the second fastest time for the Horned Frogs, who lead the Big 12 in the event at 39.15, set at the Texas Relays on March 28.
Right before the relay, Bailey and Echols-Luper grabbed the top two spots in the men's long jump. On his fourth jump of the day, Bailey notched a distance of 7.80m (25-7.25) to grab first-place. Echols-Luper's first jump landed at 7.73m (25-4.5) to claim the second spot.
Bailey's mark was a personal-best and is tied for third-best at TCU in the outdoor record books. Echols-Luper's outdoor-best is good for seventh all-time.
"With the long jumpers, Ramone Bailey jumped a 7.80m, which is a PR for him, and Cameron Echols-Luper jumped a 7.73m which is an outdoor PR for him," Anderson said. "That's good as we go into the Big 12 Championships."
Their jumps are the best in the Big 12 and Bailey now ranks fourth, while Echols-Luper is tied for seventh on the West qualifying list.
Senior Lavon Collins won his third 400 hurdles race this season. He clocked in with a time of 52.03 to claim the top spot.
Collins and Listenbee would also team up with senior Joshua Washington and freshman Kevin McClanahan to win the men's 4x400 relay. The quartet strung together a time of 3:07.41 to claim the victory in the final race of the day.
"The mile relay ran a 3:07 without Baker, Watts and Bozmans so I was pleased with that," Anderson said. "We're starting to gel and everybody's starting to do their work with that group."
In his first race since April 11, junior Sam Watts finished first in his individual heat of the men's 200 meters and second overall behind a time of 20.72 seconds. The time is a seasonal-best and puts him at No. 11 on the NCAA West qualifying list.
Junior Brianna McGhee recorded a second-place finish in the women's 100 hurdles, clocking in at 13.36 seconds. Her time is a personal-best, smashing her previous time of 13.82, ranks third all-time at TCU among wind-legal marks and is tied for the 12th best on the West qualifying list.
"We had a McGhee sighting today," Anderson said. "She stepped up and ran a 13.36 in the hurdles, so she got her regional mark and now she's in the mix for the conference meet."
In the women's hammer throw, sophomore Paola Miranda finished second overall, with her top mark coming in at 57.59m (188-11).
Sophomore Iphona-Clemence Paiement notched a PR in the women's 100 meters at 11.59 seconds. Her time moves her just outside the top 25 on the NCAA West qualifying list.
Also posting a personal-best was sophomore Anna Robinson in the women's long jump. Her mark of 5.97m (19-7) is tied for seventh all-time in the TCU outdoor record book and puts her just outside the top 30 on the West qualifying list.
"Anna Robinson jumped 19-7 in the long jump and we had been needing her to step up," Anderson said. "Now, we're on the doorstep to getting into the 20-foot range with her.
"All in all, we had some really good things happen today."
The Horned Frogs return to competition in two weeks at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Ames, Iowa.
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