Horned Frogs Wrap Rainy TCU Invitational

March 20, 2015

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FORT WORTH, Texas - On a rainy Friday afternoon at the Lowdon Track & Field Complex, the TCU track and field team's posted three first-place finishes to wrap up the TCU Invitational, the first meet of the 2015 outdoor season.

The first win of the day came in the first running event, the 4x100 relay. The women's quartet of sophomore Iphona-Clemence Paiement, freshman Briona Oliver and sophomores Tiffany Terry and Judy Emeodi posted a mark of 45.67 seconds en route to the top time in the event.

It sits as the third-best time on the NCAA Division I West Outdoor Qualifying list.

"Any time you win, it's a positive," director of TCU track and field Darryl Anderson said. "I thought they competed well, but we have a lot of things to work on. We haven't spent a lot of time working on our exchanges yet because we just finished the indoor season, so to get a win, I feel good about it."

Over in the men's 400 hurdles, senior Lavon Collins recorded a first-place finish, clocking in at 52.92. His time ranks fifth on the West Qualifying list.

Freshman Scotty Newton also picked up a win, his coming in the men's long jump with a top mark of 6.87m (22-6.5). His winning mark came on this third attempt and clinched the win for the Bakersfield, California native.

The men's 4x100 relay team finished second in a tight race. The team of freshman Antonio Franklin, sophomore Malik Summers, junior Harvey McSwain and senior Ramone Bailey paced to a time of 40.73, which also ranks third on the NCAA West Qualifying list.

In the men's 100 meters, sophomore Raymond Bozmans (10.58) and senior Ramone Bailey (10.64) finished third and fourth overall, respectively. Their times rank as the third and fifth best to date among West Qualifiers.

In the women's 100 hurdles, sophomore Makaila Flannigan posted a third-place finish behind a time of 13.92 seconds.

Senior Ashle Caldwell finished third in the women's 400 meters with a time of 57.37 seconds. On the men's side, senior Joshua Washington also picked up a third-place finish at 47.99.

Sophomores Judy Emeodi and Tiffany Terry finished third and fourth in the women's 200 meters with times of 24.85 and 24.91, respectively.

"The weather had an incredible impact on the performances," Anderson said. "We're excited about the season, not really happy about the weather.

"The good thing for us is that we got through it unscathed and without injuries, so now we'll move on and get ready for the Texas Relays."

The Horned Frogs will dry off and return to action next week at the Texas Relays in Austin from March 26-28.



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