Flyin’ Frogs rake in qualifying marks

Flyin Frogs rake in qualifying marks

The men’s and women’s track and field teams posted 16 NCAA regional qualifying marks and won 16 event titles Saturday at the 10th annual TCU Invitational at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex.

“I thought we had a pretty good day,” head coach Darryl Anderson said. “The weather was pretty gloomy but we had some good things happen, and I think we are moving forward.”

In the women’s 200-meters, junior Jessica Young won with a regional qualifying and personal best time of 23.18 seconds. Senior Jessica Clarke came in second in the event with a regional qualifying time of 23.77 seconds. Young’s time is the No. 14 time in the world and currently the sixth-fastest time in the nation.

Young and Clarke also finished first and second, respectively, in the 400-meter dash, both posting regional qualifying times.

Sophomore Matthew Love ran a regional qualifying time, winning the men’s 400 meters with the top time in the Mountain West Conference this spring. Sophomore Mychal Dungey ran the top-collegiate time in the men’s 200 meters, recording a regional qualifying time in the process.

“I wasn’t very happy with how my 100-meter race went so I wanted to come out and run a strong 200,” Dungey said.

In the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Jordan Pitts ran a regional qualifying mark on the men’s side. On the women’s side seniors Kishelle Paul and Meaghan Peoples also both posted regional qualifying times.

The men’s and women’s 4×100 teams both also posted regional qualifying times.

In field events, the Flyin’ Frogs won first place in the discus, shot put and triple jump for both the men and women. Tommy Killen (discus), Stormy Harrison (shot put), Whitney Gipson (long jump) and Neidra Covington (triple jump) all posted regional marks.

Freshman Louis Tijerina and sophomore Jacob Womeldorf finished first and second, respectively, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. In the men’s 800-meters, freshmen Jack O’Brien and Zane Hill both ran personal-best times.

The Flyin’ Frogs will be in action Thursday at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

“We’re ready for Penn Relays,” Anderson said. “If you can’t get pumped up running in front of 30,000 people, there is something wrong with you.”