March 5, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU track and field head coach Darryl Anderson, assistant coach Nic Petersen and senior Whitney Gipson were named South Central region award winners by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Monday.
Anderson was named the Women’s Coach of the Year by the region, while Petersen garnered Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year accolades. Gipson was considered the Women’s Field Athlete of the Year by the South Central coaches.
In his eighth year as the head coach of the Horned Frogs, Anderson led his team to the Mountain West Conference title, earning him Coach of the Year honors by the league. TCU's women claimed 15 top-three finishes at the conference meet. As sprints coach, Anderson guided Chaniqua Corinealdi to sweep the 60 and 200 meter titles, while Gipson (long jump) and freshman Orlene Parris (high jump) also claimed gold.
Petersen’s group of jumpers scored 45 points to help TCU win the MW Championship. The third-year coach guided athletes to a school record, two NCAA automatic marks including the top seed in the long jump, and a MW championships record. Petersen led Gipson and Parris to their respective MW titles. Long jumpers Gipson and freshman Lorraine Ugen are ranked among the top-25 in the world.
A senior from Newark, Texas, Gipson is the collegiate-leader in the long jump, having marked 21-10¾ (6.67m) to win the Mountain West title and snap the TCU and MW Championships record for the event. Gipson scored 18 points at the MW Championships meet with a seventh-place showing in the triple jump and third-place nod in the 200. She also won the long jump event at the Texas 10-Team Invitational and Texas A&M Invite earlier this season.
The 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships begin March 19 in Boise, Idaho.