School Record Falls on Saturday at Tyson
Feb. 14, 2015
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The TCU men's and women's track and field teams concluded the Tyson Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 14, with a new school record in the women's distance medley relay.
The women's DMR squad shattered the 14-year old record by almost eight seconds with an overall time of 11.42.32.
Freshman Bailey Sullivan kicked off the race in the 1200-meter leg and positioned the Horned Frogs into a third-place spot when she handed it off to sophomore Tiffany Terry. Terry edged closer to second by posting the fastest 400 split of any team at 54.67. Freshman Anna Cozart kept TCU less than a second from the No. 2 spot in the 800-meter leg and freshman Arin Rice anchored the 1 mile, moving into second-place early on and holding it as she crossed the finish line.
The previous record of 11:50.15 was also set in Fayetteville on Feb. 10, 2001.
"It was good for that group of young girls to be able to come in and perform the way they did in the women's distance medley relay," director of track and field Darryl Anderson said. "They finished second overall and I was very pleased with that."
In the men's 200-meter dash seeded section, junior Sam Watts put on another stellar performance at 20.70 seconds. Watts charged down the outside lane to a second-place mark, only 0.01 behind the top finisher. It was his first 200-meter race since recording a 20.69 in Albuquerque on Jan. 31.
Watts' time on Saturday is the best for the Horned Frogs in Fayetteville since Kim Collins set the school record (20.52) in 2000.
"Sam Watts did a really good job today in the 200 running a 20.70," Anderson said. "The good thing about that is that he did it on the same track that we're going to compete on for NCAA Championships."
Redshirt Freshman Scotty Newton posted a season-high mark in the men's triple jump. His first attempt was a distance of 15.31m (50-2.75) en route to an eighth-place finish.
He is ranked fifth in the Big 12 in the triple jump this season.
"I thought all in all we competed hard and we had some good things happen," Anderson said. "One thing we didn't get accomplished today for the second week in a row was we weren't able to finish the 4x400 relay. I think what's going on right now is we're undergoing some growing pains and learning experiences running that thing. But I think the one constant is that we have plenty of talent to do what we need to do to be successful in that relay and I think we will when we get to the Big 12 meet."
The Big 12 Championships is the next meet for the Horned Frogs from Feb. 27-28 in Ames, Iowa.
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