TCU track and field closed out the NCAA West Preliminary with five more qualifiers on Saturday in Austin, bringing the total to seven events in which the Horned Frogs will be represented at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore.
“We have a good group going to Eugene,” TCU director of track and field Darryl Anderson told gofrogs.com. “All in all, we had a pretty good day as far as qualifying goes. That’s the bottom line here is just to get out.”
The TCU qualifiers:
▪ In the men’s 4x100 relay, the team of sophomore Cameron Echols-Luper, juniors Sam Watts and Ronnie Baker and sophomore Kolby Listenbee finished second in 39.15 seconds to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
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“With the 4x100, we had some issues,” Anderson said. “A team got in our way and then UTA was in our heat and they got knocked down. But we still ran 39.1 and finished with the third fastest time here in the meet.”
▪ In the women’s 100-meter hurdles on Friday, junior Brianna McGhee clocked in at 13.24 seconds to win heat one, clinching an automatic berth. The mark broke Larissa Matthew’s school record in 2010 of 13.26 seconds and was sixth overall among qualifiers.
▪ Freshman Scotty Newton put together his best performance of the season in the men’s triple jump. After fouling his first attempt, Newton hit a strong mark of 50 feet, 10.75 inches on his second jump, giving him a new personal-best in the event. His final leap went for (51-7),. He would finish sixth overall to punch his ticket to Eugene.
▪ Watts picked up a third-place finish in his 200-meter heat at 20.85 to automatically advance. His mark was 11th among qualifiers.
▪ In the men’s 4x400 relay, the Frogs’ team of seniors Lavon Collins and Joshua Washington, Watts and Baker finished fifth in its heat in 3:06.22. It was 12th overall to qualify them to Eugene.
The NCAA Championships are June 10-13 Hayward Field in Eugene.
UTA come short on final day
UT Arlington added no qualifiers to its list of four athletes on the final day of the NCAA West Preliminary, according to UTAMavs.com.
The women’s 4x400 relay team of Dasia Rolfe, Tamerah Gorham, Ashly Wright and Taylor Davis set a school record of 3:38.86, breaking a mark that had stood for 22 years. The group finished 18th in the event.
The men’s 4x400 relay of Clayton Vaughn, Quentin Butler, Cameron Newson and Tarik Crear ran a 40.50 to finish 19th after a controversy in the final exchange zone. UTA filed an official protest that was denied.
UTA’s competitors at Eugene will be Vaughn and Butler in the 100, Emil Blomberg in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Roland Sales in the high jump.