TCU Qualifies 11 on Day Two
May 16, 2015
AMES, Iowa – TCU track and field put together a strong day two of the 2015 Big 12 Championships at Cylone Sports Complex in Ames, Iowa, qualifying 11 from today’s prelims.
“We qualified fairly well today,” TCU director of track and field Darryl Anderson said. “On the men’s side, we had three in the 100, three in the 200, one in the 400, one in the 400 hurdles, and then the long jump we picked up 17 points with a second, fourth and fifth finish. On the women’s side, we qualified in the 400 and we got two girls in the 100 hurdles.”
For the fourth-straight week, junior Ronnie Baker improved his 100-meter dash time, setting another wind-legal PR at 10.05 seconds. His mark was the fastest qualifying time among all competitors in the event.
Sophomore Kolby Listenbee finished second in Baker’s heat behind a time of 10.16. His time is a wind-legal PR and was the fifth-best qualifying mark of the day. Senior Ramone Bailey grabbed the eighth spot to send three Horned Frogs to tomorrow’s final at 5:05 p.m., thanks to a time of 10.40, also a personal-best.
“In the 100, Ronnie and Kolby both ran personal-bests of 10.05 and 10.16,” Anderson said. “So, we expect even better things out of those guys tomorrow.”
The Horned Frogs placed three in the top five in the windy men’s long jump event. Senior Ramone Bailey finished second, achieving a distance of 7.65m (25-1.25) on his second jump of the day.
Sophomore Cameron Echols-Luper and freshman Scotty Newton picked up fourth and fifth-place finishes, respectively. Echols-Luper’s first jump of the finals landed at a mark of 7.40m (24-3.5), while Newton’s second jump of the day hit at 7.30m (23-11.5).
“We struggled a little bit in the long jump trying to figure out the winds, because at that time of the day, the winds were swirling around and switching back and forth,” Anderson noted. “So the guys struggled trying to find their mark and get on the board. We got 17 out of it, so we’ll take it and go from there.”
Echols-Luper followed up his performance in the long jump by blazing down the track in the 200 meters to a time of 20.39 seconds. The mark smashed his previous PR of 21.19 and ranks fifth on the NCAA West qualifying list coming into today. Echols-Luper finished first in his heat and second overall, while junior Sam Watts placed eighth overall to qualify at 20.68, which is a seasonal-best.
Also in the 200-meter dash was Listenbee, who finished second in heat three and fifth among qualifiers with a PR of 20.60.
“Cameron Echols-Luper ran a 20.39, which was a big PR for him in the 200,” Anderson said. “He was a little motivated after not winning the long jump, so that was a good thing. And even Kolby running 20.60 out of lane one, that was pretty good.”
Echols-Luper, Listenbee and Watts will all compete in the 200-meter finals at 6:05 p.m. tomorrow.
In the women’s 100 hurdles, both junior Brianna McGhee and sophomore Makaila Flannigan qualified for tomorrow’s finals with their performances on Saturday. McGhee finished third in heat one behind a time of 13.35 seconds, while Flannigan placed fourth in heat two at 13.97. The duo will race at 4:15 p.m. tomorrow.
“That was a pleasant surprise,” Anderson said. “Makaila Flannigan stepped up and made the final with Brianna McGhee.”
Grabbing a fourth-place mark was senior Lavon Collins in the men’s 400 hurdles. His time of 52.73 put him in tomorrow’s final, slated for 5:45 p.m.
Senior Joshua Washington qualified for tomorrow’s final of the men’s 400 meters after posting a time of 47.02, finishing sixth. On the women’s side, sophomore Tiffany Terry also moved on to the finals, placing eighth at 53.78. It’s her second-fastest time in the event this season. Times for the finals are 4:35 p.m. (women’s) and 4:45 p.m. (men’s).
“Hopefully we can come back tomorrow and run a lot better all the way across the board,” Anderson said. “We’re getting better at the right time of the season. We’ll take it and we’ll try to rest, have a good meal tonight and get ready to go tomorrow.
“We start tomorrow afternoon with the 4x100 and we end with the 4x400, so we’ll just let the chips fall. “We had one setback today with Raymond Bozmans hurting himself, so hopefully we have no more setbacks throughout the rest of the meet.”
Along with the finals, the Horned Frogs add the 4x100 relays (3 p.m.), the men’s triple jump (5 p.m.), the 5000 meters (6:10 p.m.) and the 4x400 relays (6:55 p.m.) to tomorrow’s Big 12 Championship schedule.
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