Gipson wins NCAA title Thursday evening.
Competition will begin on Thursday afternoon at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Head Coach Darryl Anderson was named Mountain West Women's Coach of the Year.
The Frogs will open action Friday with the 60-meter prelims and women's long jump trials & finals
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Nic Petersen joined the TCU coaching staff as an assistant coach on Aug. 7, 2009 and serves as the jumps and multi-events coach for the Horned Frogs. Petersen came to TCU from the University of Nebraska, where he served the 2009 season as an assistant coach for the Huskers. In Lincoln, Petersen worked in the jumps area learning under legendary head coach Gary Pepin.
Petersen has made his mark on the TCU program since stepping onto campus prior to the 2010 season, leading his athletes to earn six All-America honors and snapping the school records for both the long jump and triple jump on the women's side. Overall, his coaching career boasts 18 All-Americans, six Mountain West Conference champions, four Big 12 champions, two World Championship team members, an NCAA Champion and an Olympian.
In 2011, Petersen guided junior long jumper Whitney Gipson to soar 21 feet, 11 1/2 inches at the historic Penn Relays to claim championship accolades, marking the longest leap hit by a female in the 117 years of the Penn Relays and at Franklin Field. The Newark, Texas product also highlighted her junior season by claiming the Mountain West Conference long jump titles at both the indoor and outdoor championships. She proved she was one of the best long jumpers in the nation after earning sixth place honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships and fourth-place accolades at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. By placing fourth overall, Gipson recorded the highest finish in program history in the women's long jump at nationals.
In his first season at TCU, Petersen helped departing senior Neidra Covington earn two All-America accolades at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. Covington, who won both the conference and NCAA West Preliminary Round title in the women's triple jump, was the only student-athlete in the Mountain West Conference to earn two All-America honors at nationals. He also guided Gipson to a 12th-place finish as a sophomore in the women's long jump at Hayward Field. Gipson, who ranked in the top-10 in the event for most of the outdoor season, earned runner-up accolades at conference with the second-best leap in Mountain West Conference history.
At the conclusion of the 2010 season, Petersen was selected to the 2010 USATF Emerging Elite Coaches Camp. He was one of only six collegiate coaches in the United States to receive a USA Track and Field coaching grant to attend the World Junior Coaching Seminar And Tutorial.
During the 2009 indoor season, Petersen helped develop long jumpers Nicholas Gordon and Chris Phipps. Both Gordon and Phipps earned All-America honors at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, with Gordon winning the national title with a leap of 26 feet, 4 1/4 inches.
Gordon, under Petersen's watch, also excelled during the outdoor season this past spring as he was crowned the Big 12 Champion in the long jump with a leap of 25 feet, 11 ½ inches, while also placing third overall at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. He later went on to place third at the 2009 Jamaican National Championships and represent Jamaica at the World Championships in Berlin.
Petersen has worked with such athletes as Dusty Jonas, a 2008 Olympian and NCAA Indoor Champion in the high jump. He has also helped coach three-time All-America honoree Epley Bullock as well as All-American Paul Hamilton.
Prior to coaching, Petersen, who graduated from Nebraska in 2006 with a degree in economics, excelled on the pole vault runway for the Huskers. Overall, Petersen captained three Big 12 Championship squads, while also being named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team in 2003, 2006 and 2007.
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