May 3, 2013
WACO, Texas - TCU's women's track and field team got on the board on the first day of the Big 12 Outdoor Championships Friday at the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex. Agnes Kemboi and Ashley Eckhoff scored for the Horned Frogs in the 10,000-meter run, helping TCU to a tie for seventh in the team standings with five points.
"I thought they both did very well," TCU assistant coach for distance Liz Wort said. "This was Ashley's first college 10K, and they both did a good job."
Kemboi ran with the lead pack for almost the entire race, keeping up with three runners from Iowa State and a runner from Texas when the pack decided to break up. Kemboi stuck around for the battle to get fourth until the last lap, finishing fifth in 35:33.08.
"Agnes did a good job covering the move," Wort noted. "The front pack was consisted of a pack of very good runners. It was a tough field and she competed well."
A pack of seven broke off from the main field and another seven were in a separate pack. Alone in the middle with 20 meters between the front and the back was Eckhoff. She eventually saw the ninth and 10th place runners catch her, but she was able to battle them off and move back towards the seventh place runner near the end of the race. She finished in 36:11.90, the fourth best mark in school history.
"Ashley did a great job," Wort stated. "She got kind of stuck in the middle, but she was able to grind out a good pace and started going a lot faster per lap. She fought really hard."
In the women's hammer throw competition, Kelsey Samuels was unable to score with a ninth-place finish. However, she did take down the school record in the hammer throw with a throw of 176-8 (53.85m). She came into the meet with a school record of 176-0 and broke it on her second throw of the competition with a 176-3 before closing it out with the 176-8.
The Horned Frogs begin day two of the Big 12 Outdoor Championships tomorrow with the women's 1,500-meter run on the track, and the women's long jump in the field.