TCU Wins 4x100 Relay at Big 12
May 17, 2015
AMES, Iowa -- TCU track and field added another Big 12 Championship to its trophy case, winning the men's 4x100 relay at 39.28 seconds on Sunday, May 17, at Cyclone Sports Complex in Ames, Iowa.
It was the second Big 12 title for the Horned Frogs in the 4x100 relay, winning it in 2013, and is championship No. 11 overall in their three years in the conference.
"For the 4x1 to run a 39.28 in the conditions that we ran in, with ridiculous wind was big," TCU director of track and field Darryl Anderson said. "Baylor ran it really well too, so I think special things are ahead for both of those teams as we head into nationals."
The win returned the relay to an era of dominance, making it nine out of the last 10 years TCU has won the conference crown in the event. It was conference title No. 20 in the 4x100, spanning five different leagues.
The race began with senior Ramone Bailey in the leadoff spot, who ran a strong leg before handing it off to junior Sam Watts. Watts hit the second exchange with junior Ronnie Baker and he charged to a clear lead before handing the baton to sophomore Kolby Listenbee to bring home the win. Baker was also on the 2013 championship squad.
In a windy 100-meter dash final, Baker ran sub-10 for the first time in his career at 9.99, giving him an all-conditions personal-best and a third-place finish in the event.
Listenbee (10.17) and Bailey (10.38) picked up fifth and seventh-place finishes in the event. Bailey's time was also an all-conditions PR.
At the end of the day, Baker would anchor the men's 4x400 relay team to a second-place finish at 3:06.89, only 0.70 out of the top spot. Joining Baker, who ran the fastest split of anyone in the race at 44.98, was seniors Lavon Collins and Joshua Washington and freshman Kevin McClanahan.
"I thought we would win the mile relay," Anderson said. "Give Baylor credit, they stepped in and won. Ronnie Baker ran a great leg on the end, with the best split of anybody. Josh didn't run as well as he's capable of running on his carry, so Ronnie had a little bit to make up and he about pulled it off. So, I feel good about the effort that they put in."
Also recording a PR under any condition was freshman Scotty Newton in the men's triple jump. On his second attempt of the day, Newton hit a distance of 15.37m (50-5.25) to pick up a fourth-place finish.
Watts recorded a fifth-place time in the men's 200-meter final at 21.27. Listenbee and sophomore Cameron Echols-Luper finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
"We had to take a step back on a couple of the events," Anderson said. "The 200 was an important race for us and Kolby and Cam were hurting a little bit from yesterday. They PR'd by a lot yesterday and it took a lot out of them. We had to take a step back and decide to just get ready for regionals.
"That's really what we're trying to do is punch our ticket and get to the national meet. We need to have everybody on board."
In the women's 100 hurdles final, junior Brianna McGhee notched an all-conditions PR with a time of 13.25, en route to a fifth-place finish. With her times this weekend, McGhee sits tied for second all-time at TCU in the event. Sophomore Makaila Flannigan finished eighth in the final at 14.08.
"I thought McGhee on the women's side had a really good meet," Anderson said. "She had a personal-best at 13.25, and hit 13.35 in the prelim.
Paola and Makena both did a good job at scoring. Over the weekend, I thought the jumpers jumped well from Scotty in the long and the triple, to Ramone and Cam in the long jump."
Collins also grabbed a fifth-place finish in the men's 400 hurdles final at 53.19.
The Horned Frogs picked up a pair of seventh-place times in the men's and women's 400-meter dash finals. Washington posted a time of 47.14 in the men's race, while sophomore Tiffany Terry put up a time of 55.19 on the women's side.
The men's team finished seventh overall at 67 points, while the women's team placed 10th.
"I thought all in all, we had a lot of seasonal-bests across the board," Anderson said. "Obviously, we want to get better on both sides and we will get better. On the women's side, we just have to get better. There's no sugar-coating it, we just have to get better. We have to infuse some talent into the program and we're working at doing that. We have some girls coming in as freshmen next year who we think can help us plus the girls who will be here next year.
"Starting today, they have to put some time in to get better. They have to get better and have to do that when nobody's looking in the offseason. We'll have four moving to the regional meet in two weeks in Tiffany Terry, Iphona Paiement, Paola Miranda and Brianna McGhee. Everybody else needs to start on getting better."
Up next for the Horned Frogs is the NCAA West Preliminaries from May 28-30 in Austin, Texas.
"The people who are moving on to regionals understand what the task is and I know what's going to happen between now and then with the people who are moving on: they're going to get better because we always get better this time of year and I believe that will hold true based on what we saw this weekend."
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