Jan. 14, 2013
FORT WORTH - TCU's track and field program announced two additions to its program Monday. Head coach Darryl Anderson welcomes sprinters Sam Watts from London, and Michael Owusu-Peprah from Kumasi, Ghana. Both have started classes at TCU, and are eligible for competition immediately.
"Anytime you get international student-athletes, their prospective on school and running is a little different," Anderson said. "They want to be able to represent their home country at the Olympics and World Championships in the future. The NCAA competition will be a springboard to the Olympic-level competition. For our program as it enters the Big 12 we need to make some philosophical changes that will lead to performance improvements. I think these two guys will help us get there."
Watts was a 2012 UK Olympic Trials qualifier in the 200-meter dash. He holds personal bests of 10.52 in the 100-meter dash with a wind-aided 10.53 and a 21.08 in the 200-meter dash with a wind-aided 20.93. Watts competed at the 2011 European Junior Championships in the 100-meter dash. He has qualified for the Aviva England Athletics U20/U23 the last three years, and competed at the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships.
"We are excited to bring in Sam," "He is a sprinter that has great range in the 100 and 200 and on relays. He has represented the United Kingdom on their junior teams. Any time you can get a person in your program of that caliber is exciting. He will be able to contribute to our team both short and long-term."
Owusu-Peprah comes from the Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast, Ghaha. He brings plenty of talent to TCU's sprints with a personal best of 10.42 in the 100-meter dash. He was the 2011 regional champion in the 100 and 200-meter dash and in the 4x100-meter relay.
"We are excited about getting Michael," "He has run really well overseas. He is a young guy who has run 10.42 in the 100 meters. We are looking forward to his addition to the program."
The Horned Frogs begin the 2013 track and field season with the Auburn Invitational on Saturday.