Flyin’ Frogs head to invitational before season start

The Flyin’ Frogs will head to College Station for the Texas A&M Invitational on Friday and Saturday, the last meet before the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships later this month.

Head coach Darryl Anderson said athletes headlining the event include junior Jessica Young, senior Kishelle Paul, senior Jessica Clarke and junior Neidra Covington for the women and sophomore Mychal Dungey, sophomore Sean Zurko, junior Dell Guy and sophomore Matthew Love on the men’s side.

Young and Paul both performed well Jan. 31 at the Houston Indoor Invitational. Young set a NCAA provisional mark when she placed second in the 60 meters with a time of 7.41 seconds and Paul finished second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.69.

Anderson said he sees this weekend’s meet as an opportunity for the team to finalize preparations for the long season ahead.

“It will be a great preview not only in preparation for one of our championships, but it will be a great stepping stone for people to try to secure spots into the NCAA meet,” Anderson said.

Anderson said the team tries to approach each meet with the same mentality.

“We go into every meet with the idea in mind of competing with passion and competing as hard as we can,” Anderson said. “And if we do those things, we’ll come out of there with our fair share of victories.”

Anderson said his focus is on improving the level of competitiveness of individual athletes, striving for teams goals and getting championship experience for as many team members as possible.

No athletes were available for comment because of busy practice and school schedules, said Matt Hoover, coordinator of media relations for the team.

The team has a two-week layoff until the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. beginning Feb. 26.