Track and Field Heads to New Mexico Invitational
Jan. 31, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU track and field program returns to competition Saturday at the New Mexico Invitational in Albuquerque.
It will be the third indoor meet of the season for the Horned Frogs. The New Mexico Invitational features a strong field that includes national powers Arizona State, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame and UCLA. Live scoring is available at www.liverunningresults.com.
Lorraine Ugen, last year's NCAA outdoor champion in the long jump, will make her season debut for the Horned Frogs. The TCU men will be led by the mile relay team of Joshua Washington, Ronnie Baker, Harvey McSwain and Narada Jackson. The group is currently ranked third in the NCAA and world with their time of 3.06.
For TCU head coach Darryl Anderson, Saturday's New Mexico Invitational will serve as his unofficial start to the indoor season.
"The first meet (Texas A&M Reveille Invitational) we had in December was more of a fun thing to let the kids use it as an evaluation for how successful their fall training had been," Anderson said. "We then took four weeks off for Christmas break before returning to Texas A&M. In that meet, you take ownership of your personal training over the break.
"For this meet, we've tried to have a week of training excluding the days where we had alternative stuff due to weather and wind conditions. It's going to be a great meet. You've got ranked teams who will be there. It's a tremendous opportunity to really get started and have a true evaluation of where we are and what we need to do in the next month to get ready for the Big 12 Championships."
Anderson is excited about the mile relay team of Washington, Baker, McSwain and Jackson.
"They've done exceptionally well, probably as well as any event on our team," Anderson said. "It's kind of surprising how well they've come out of the gate. In December, they ran 3.08. They then came back from Christmas break and ran 3.06. It's a time that's going to secure them a spot in the championship meet."
TCU is deep in its relay teams and will run against squads in New Mexico who are projected to be at the NCAA Championships. Washington, Baker, McSwain and Jackson will also make their season debut in open 400s.
Anderson is also looking for a strong performance from standouts Raymond Bozmans and Ramone Bailey. Bozmans was a Big 12 champion and first-team All-American in the 4x100 meter relay as a freshman last season. Bailey battled injuries last spring but did become the sixth Horned Frog in history to go over 25 feet in the long jump.
A trio of Horned Frogs from the TCU football team will look to continue to make an impact in track and field. Jordan Moore captured the 60-meter hurdles with a 7.91 at the Texas A&M Invitational earlier this month, while Cameron Echols-Luper scored points in the field with a second-place finish in the long jump (7.40m). Kolby Listenbee was fourth in the 60 meters with a 6.78.
"I'm looking forward to seeing those guys competing again for the third time and where we can go with them," Anderson said.
Veteran Megan Smith will look to take on a leadership role. The Olathe, Kan., native has a career-best mark of 54 1/2 (16.47m) in the shot put while setting a TCU record three times last season in the discus.