Flying Frogs soar, despite lack of practice

The Flying Frogs had a soaring performance at the Razorback Invitational indoor track meet last weekend in Arkansas.Returning to Fayetteville, Ark., for the second weekend in a row, individual athletes of the Frogs performed at their best.

Training for the meet was minimal due to last week’s weather, but even with a sparse practice schedule, the Frogs were able to get light workouts in, head coach Darryl Anderson said.

“During the bad weather, we had the little things to look forward to in practice,” Anderson said.

Some of those little things included a light warm-up and meetings at the University Recreation Center and Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

“We are looking forward to getting back on the track and having a good training period,” Anderson said. “I am also looking forward to finishing the indoor season and starting the outdoor season.”

Virgil Hodge set two NCAA provisional marks, one in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.64 seconds, the other in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.43 seconds. Provisional marks are the qualifying statistics for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

“It was good for Hodge to step up with her qualifying mark,” Anderson said.

Dani Selner, a freshman distance runner, won the 3,000-meter race with a time of 10:08.42.

Neidra Covington had notable scores in both the triple jump and long jump with second- and fifth-place finishes. Her triple jump was measured at 12.47 meters.

The women’s 4×400 relay team recorded an NCAA provisional qualifying mark, along with a school record time of 3:38.11. The team consisted of senior sprinter Deborah Jones, junior sprinter Marquita Davis, sophomore sprinter and hurdler Kishelle Paul and senior sprinter Nathandra John.

On the men’s side, freshman thrower Trey Jordan added a personal-best of a shot-put throw at 16.94 meters, earning him third place overall and his second consecutive placement in collegiate competition.

Senior sprinter Delwayne Delaney ran a 21.48 in the men’s 200-meter dash and took first place in the event.

“Overall, I am very pleased that we did better in this meet than at last meet, since that is our goal, to be improving constantly,” Anderson said.