through to victory
Frogs used their home field advantage at the TCU Invitational
The wind didnt hold back the track and field team
from claiming 10 events and seven Frogs from qualifying
The track team hosted the 5th annual TCU Invitational
Track and Field Meet Saturday at the Lowdon Track and
Field Complex. The home turf brought a crowd of 1,183.
Twelve colleges participated in the meet including the
mens teams from Texas and Rice and both mens
and womens teams from Louisiana Tech, Mississippi
State, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State, South
Plains College, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa and Barton
County Community College.
The Frogs grabbed seven NCAA Regional qualifying times,
four on the mens side and three for the women.
I think the womens team had an outstanding
meet, head coach Monte Stratton said. The
mens team spotted an up and down with greatness
as well as with lots of mediocrity.
Stratton said the teams strengths in the meet
were Jerry Harris in the 400-meter dash, the womens
relays, the womens sprinters and JimAnne Baker
in the triple jump.
Jerry Harris said he has never run in as much wind as
there was Saturday. Despite the strong wind, he finished
first in the 400 with a time of 45.57 seconds, qualifying
him for regionals.
Im really excited about that, Harris
The Frogs had several gold medal performances: For the
men, Harris in the 400, Nathaniel Garcia in the 400-meter
hurdles (52.54) and the mens 4x400-meter relay
team (3;08.10); for the women, Donita Harmon in the
100-meter dash (11.33) and 200-meter dash (23.10), Larissa
Bakasa in the 400 (55.24), Calandra Stewart in the 1500-meter
run (4:31.80), Mary Kinyanjui in the 5,000-meter run
(16:09.14), Baker in the triple jump (12.57m) and the
womens 4x100-meter relay team(45.35).
Rob Coffman set a school record in the pole vault competition
by clearing 16 feet.
One weakness the Frogs had came in the mens 4x100-meter
relay, Stratton said. The Frogs entered the meet ranked
second in the country in the event after posting a 39.11-second
finish at the Texas Relays just two weeks ago.
A dropped baton between leadoff runner Jabari Fields
and Cleavon Dillon disqualified the mens team
from the event. This in turn kept TCU from remaining
undefeated in the event on its home track.
The Frogs have two more chances to qualify for regionals:
The Penn Relays in Philadelphia Saturday and the Conference
USA Outdoor Championships in Louisville, Ky. May 13.