Coach: Home meets provides opportunities for Flyin’ Frogs

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    The Flyin’ Frogs will get to run, jump and throw in their own backyard for a change as the season winds ever closer to next month’s Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships in Wyoming. The TCU Invitational takes place Friday and Saturday at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex.

    Darryl Anderson, the head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field teams, said his athletes will try to take advantage of the home meet in an effort to garner more NCAA regional qualifying marks.

    “We’re looking forward to gaining some additional qualifying marks as well as improving upon the marks we have already made,” Anderson said.

    Anderson said the team is focusing on a lot of individual races like the 400- and 200-meter dashes as the MWC Outdoor Championships approach.

    Junior sprinter Jessica Young and senior sprinter Jessica Clarke are two standouts who will be competing for the women in the 400, Anderson said. On the men’s side, junior Dell Guy and sophomore Matthew Love are two sprinters expected to perform well for the Flyin’ Frogs in the same event, he said.

    TCU Invitational
    When: All day Friday
    and Saturday
    Where: Lowdon Track
    and Field Complex

    In terms of how the season has progressed so far, Anderson said the teams are finally on the right track after some early season struggles.

    “It’s been a slow process, but I feel like we are heading in the right direction,” Anderson said.

    Anderson said it is important for the team to perform well at this weekend’s invitational and take advantage of the familiarity of the home track.

    “We’ll be running in front of our home fans and schoolmates so it’s important to have a good performance,” he said.

    The stable of other track and field teams competing against the Flyin’ Frogs this weekend include Air Force, UT-Arlington, Central Arkansas, Hardin-Simmons and West Texas A&M among others.

    The MWC Outdoor Championships are scheduled to begin May 13 in Laramie, Wyo.