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    Just one week after participating in the
    NCAA Indoor Track and Field National
    Championships in Arkansas, the team began
    the outdoor portion of its schedule by
    hosting the second annual Horned Frog Invitational
    March 21.

    The Frogs posted 10 NCAA regional qualifying
    marks during the event, which featured
    competitors from UT-Arlington and
    the University of North Texas.
    Three of the qualifying marks came during
    the men’s 100-meter dash. Junior Otis

    Candis Kelley, left, took the
    title Mountain West Conference
    Champion in shot put.

    Right, sprinter Che Chavez was
    named an All-American at the
    Indoor Championships in March.
    Junior Odis McDonald who finished second in
    the Billy Wessels event with a time of 10.49 seconds,
    junior Andon Mitchell, who finished third
    at 10.5 seconds and junior Justyn Warner,
    who finished closely behind Mitchell with a
    time of 10.53, all earned spots in the NCAA
    regional.

    “Anytime you have three kids hit NCAA regional
    marks in an event it is a solid day,”
    head track and field coach Darryl Anderson
    said in an interview on www.gofrogs.com
    after the event. “I thought all three of them
    ran well.”

    Senior sprinter Che Chavez,
    who earned All-American
    honors at the NCAA Indoor
    Championships, earned his
    regional qualifying mark by
    finishing second in the 400-
    meter dash with a time of
    46.8 seconds.
    In the 200-meter dash,
    freshman Mychal Dungey finished second
    with a time of 20.85 to get his regional
    qualifying spot.
    The men’s 4×100-meter relay team, which
    consists of Mitchell, McDaniel, Warner
    and Dungey, also won a spot in the
    NCAA regionals by finishing with a time
    of 39.99 seconds.
    The women’s side of the Flyin’ Frogs will send
    junior Kishelle Paul, who finished the 100-
    meter hurdles with a time of 13.76 seconds.

    The women’s 4×100-meter relay team,
    which includes Paul, sophomore Brittany
    Blaylock, junior Jessica Clarke and senior
    Virgil Hodge, also posted a qualifying mark
    of 45.05 seconds.

    The Flyin’ Frogs earned a total of 14 firstplace
    finishes during the event.

    Off the track and onto the field, sophomore
    Tommy Killen posted a regional qualifying
    mark in the discus by throwing a total of
    179 feet, 2 inches.

    For the women, junior Candis Kelley, who
    was the Mountain West Conference Indoor
    Champion in shot put, won the shot put
    event and earned a spot in the NCAA regional
    qualifiers by recording a throw of 48
    feet, 4.5 inches.

    “We got some things done today on the
    track and all of it will come together as

    our work ethic improves Monday through
    Thursday,” Anderson said after the meet. “If
    our work ethic improves then our Saturdays
    are going to be a lot easier.”

    The team will finish March by competing
    in the UT-Arlington/Bobby Lane Arlington
    Invitational.

    TCU will also host two more events this season,
    setting a school record of three events
    hosted in a semester.

    The TCU Invitational will be April 18-19
    and the Mountain West Conference Outdoor
    Championships May 14-17, both at
    the Lowdon Track and Field Complex.

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