Ugen Claims Long Jump National Title
March 14, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE -- TCU junior Lorraine Ugen added another national championship to her resume Friday night at the NCAA Indoor National Championships at the University of New Mexico.
Ugen clipped off a jump of 22 feet, 1 inch on her fifth jump of the day to win the women's long jump by more than a foot over Florida State's Der'Renae Freeman (20-10).
"At the end of the day she would have won the competition with any one of her jumps. She totally dominated the field," TCU track and field coach Darryl Anderson said. "On her fifth jump she figured it out and didn't rush herself. She didn't hit it 100 percent perfect but it was still good enough for her to get an indoor PR and add another national championship."
Ugen entered the meet with the top jump in the country at 21-07.50 that she set in winning the Big 12 Conference Indoor Long Jump Championship two weeks ago in Ames, Iowa.
Ugen's first jump of the day (21-4) was enough to win the competition, but she went 21-6 on her second jump, 21-3 on her third jump, and 22-1 on her fifth. She fouled other fourth and sixth jumps.
"Lorraine competed well and probably had the best series of jumps of her career," Anderson said.
Ugen, from London, won the 2013 Outdoor Long Jump Championship with a jump of 22-02.50.
Jordan Moore, the Big 12 Conference champion, also competed Friday night in the 60H and finished fourth in his heat with the time of 7.83, but he didn't advance to Saturday's finals.
"He did a really good job for us," Anderson said. "This is just the beginning of a really great track career for him."
TCU's men's 4 x 400 relay team will compete at 9:05 p.m. Saturday.