Taking Flight

Taking Flight

The Flying Frogs will host the eighth annual TCU Invitational at the Lowden Track and Field Complex at 10 a.m. Saturday.It will be a the team’s second home meet for TCU and there will be a dedication ceremony for the unveiling of TCU’s new track scoreboard at 11:45 a.m.

The scoreboard, located at the northwest end of the track, is still under construction but is on track to be completed by Saturday morning.

Head Coach Darryl Anderson said it is a top-of-the-line scoreboard with video capabilities.

Teams competing against the Flying Frogs on Saturday include the University of Central Arkansas Bears, the Colorado University Buffaloes, the University of North Texas Mean Green, the Oklahoma State University Cowboys, the SMU Mustangs, the Texas Tech University Red Raiders and the University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks.

Anderson said that the toughest competition will be Texas Tech, the No. 12 ranked team in the country, according to Trackshark.com.

“Texas Tech is always fun,” Anderson said. “They’re without question one of the best teams in the country.”

Anderson said he is excited for what is supposed to be good weather on Saturday.

In the past two meets the Flying Frogs ran into problematic weather conditions causing them to pull out of the Texas Relays and events at the North Texas Classic.

Despite unfavorable weather TCU gave a solid performance at the North Texas Classic last weekend, earning first-place finishes in the women’s 400 meters, women’s 4×100 relay and men’s shot put.

Senior Sprinter Jamee Jones said the team should do well this weekend.

“We’ve been making a lot of progress this year,” Jones said. “Everyone is doing good. The freshman are coming along, making good contributions, and the seniors are ready to go out with a bang.”

Anderson said the main goal for Saturday’s meet is to get more regional qualifying marks.

“We need to get our 4X4(hundred) team regionally qualified,” Anderson said. “We also have some people that are coming back from injuries that are going to get a chance to qualify.”

He said while there are specific players that he would like to see qualify what he is looking for is a complete team effort.

“At the end of the day what matters is how we did from a team standpoint,” Anderson said. “Conference is right around the corner, and we’ve got to get our game plan together.”

Junior sprinter Raymond Jones said the team has been resting and fine tuning in certain events to prepare for Saturday.

“We’ve been taking it easy and getting our relays in check,” Jones said. “Hopefully we can come out here and represent real nice.