Samuels sets school record at day one of Big 12 Championships
Liz Wort is entering her third season as head coach of the TCU cross country program and assistant coach of the track and field team. Wort came to Fort Worth after serving as an assistant coach at Duke.
TCU's cross country program has benefitted greatly from Wort's background in her first two seasons in charge. In 2012, the women's cross country program finished sixth at the South Central Regional in spite of missing one of the team's top runners for the event. The Frogs consistently ranked among the top-10 programs in the region and the women's team finished fifth at its Big 12 Cross Country Championships debut.
Agnes Kemboi has benefitted greatly from Wort's work. For the second season in a row, Kemboi made a trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championships and earned All-South Central Regional honors for the second consecutive year. She also marked TCU's Big 12 debut by making the All-Big 12 team after her 12th place effort at the Big 12 Championships.
The success of the women's distance group then transitioned to the track seasons. Tricia Terry finished third in the mile and sixth in the 3,000-meter run, taking down Kemboi's school record in the process, at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Kemboi and Ashley Eckhoff both scored in the 10,000-meter run at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships and Terry got on the board again in the 1,500-meter run. Eckhoff finished her freshman season ranked in TCU's all-time top-five for the outdoor 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs.
Wort joined TCU after spending four years at Duke University as an assistant coach for cross country and track and field. Under Wort's tutelage, Duke sophomore Juliet Bottorff ran to an NCAA Championship in the women's 10,000 meters in 2011, becoming the first outdoor women's champion in Blue Devils history. Bottorff, Cydney Ross and Kate Van Buskirk all earned All-America status in Des Moines, Iowa.
In her four seasons as a member of the Duke coaching staff, Wort helped produce a 2011 NCAA Champion and her cross country teams finished in the top-20 at the NCAA Championships in three of her four years on staff.
Wort was instrumental in guiding Duke's 2010 women's cross country team to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships after the team captured its third NCAA Southeast Region title in program history.
Wort was a member of the Duke coaching staff since 2007 after completing a stellar running career as a Blue Devil. She was a three-time All-American and qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials and 2007 Pan-American Games. Wort was a member of the Duke cross country team that won an ACC title and finished second overall at the NCAA Championships.