Listenbee Punches Ticket to Eugene
May 29, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Horned Frogs punched another ticket to Eugene, Oregon, on Friday at the NCAA West Prelims after Kolby Listenbee's performance in the 100 meters.
The sophomore from Arlington automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100-meter dash after posting a career-best mark, clocking in at a wind-aided time of 10.09 seconds. His time was second in heat two and put him at seventh overall among the qualifying field.
"The good thing is Kolby got through in the 100, so he punched his ticket on to Eugene, Oregon," TCU director of track and field Darryl Anderson said. "He got a personal best of 10.09, which is a barrier breaker, so we're pretty excited about it.
"Like I said yesterday, with Baker going down in the false start in the 100, we had a guy step up and put himself in a position to get to Eugene, which we're happy about."
Listenbee has improved his time in the 100 meters this season in four consecutive meets, but he wasn't the only one to set a new PR on day two of the West Prelims.
Junior Brianna McGhee kicked off the day with another stellar showing in the 100-meter hurdles. Running in heat four, she grabbed a second-place finish in the race and fifth overall with a wind-aided personal-best of 13.10 seconds.
If it weren't for the +3.7 m/s wind, the Omaha, Nebraska, native would've smashed the school record of 13.26 set by Larissa Matthews in 2010. The time marked McGhee's fifth-straight race where she has improved her time.
"On the girls side, we had Brianna McGhee run a personal-best of 13.10 and get second in her heat and advance to the quarterfinal, so we're quite pleased with that," Anderson said.
McGhee is slated to compete in the quarterfinals at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday.
Sam Watts, the junior from London, England, also tallied an automatic qualifying berth in the men's 200 meters. Running out of lane two in the second heat, Watts picked up a third-place finish at 20.77 to earn a berth into tomorrow's quarterfinal.
"We had Sam get through to the quarterfinal," Anderson said. "He looked fairly good coming out of his heat in lane two, so I was pleased with that.
"Both of them (McGhee and Watts), if they ran what they did today, will punch their ticket to Eugene tomorrow."
Watts will compete at 7:50 tomorrow night.
In the women's 400 meters, sophomore Tiffany Terry finished seventh in heat two with a mark of 53.96 seconds, placing in the top 20 of the event.
Also in competition tomorrow will be: Scotty Newton (men's triple jump) at 6 p.m., the men's 4x100 relay at 6:15 and the 4x400 relay at 9:45.
"One more day to go and at the end of the day, we're looking forward to getting out of here," Anderson said. "It's a competitive meet, but regionals are rough. In my mind, regionals are rougher than the NCAA meet because everybody is coming off of conference and still trying to get recovered and regrouped.
"But at the end of the day, it is what it is. Tomorrow we have to come in and take care of business. That's the task ahead and we just have to do it."
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