Track & Field Ready For 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships

Freshman Lorraine Ugen

March 8, 2012


Members of the TCU track and field program will put the finishing touches on the 2012 indoor season this weekend at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho.

The Horned Frogs will send four individuals to compete in the two-day meet, which will begin on Friday, March 9, at Jacksons Indoor Track, hosted by Boise State.

TCU comes into the national meet following successful trip to Albuquerque, N.M., for the 2012 Mountain West Conference Championships. The Horned Frogs' women captured their third indoor conference title, while both teams combined to gather seven league titles.

Fans not able to attend this weekend's championship meet can follow the results live from the World Wide Web. ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 9 from 7:30-11:45 p.m. ET and March 10 from 8-11:15 p.m. ET. A tape delay of the championship will air Sunday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. and will stream what ESPN3 is not covering on Friday (Noon-7:30 p.m. ET) and Saturday (12:30-8 pm ET).

Fans can also follow the live results at the official NCAA Championships Central page.  TCU updates will also be available through the official Twitter page of TCU Track & Field (@TCUTrackField). Following the action in Idaho, will have a full recap and final results.

Whitney Gipson -- Women's Long Jump
Gipson heads to her third NCAA Indoor Championships after garnering All-American honors with a pair of sixth-place performances in 2010 and 2011. The 2012 South Central Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year is currently the No. 1 long jumper in the NCAA after leaping a TCU and Mountain West Championships record mark of 21-10 ¾ feet. The North Richland Hill, Texas product comes into the weekend with three long jump wins under her belt this season and can be found in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of this week's issue of Sports Illustrated.

Lorraine Ugen - Women's Long Jump
Ugen has been nothing short of spectacular in her first season at TCU. The freshman from the United Kingdom hasn't gained the notice that most long jumpers would have with her credentials, mostly because she has been overshadowed by Gipson's performances. The newcomer ranks No. 3 in the nation in the long jump with a personal-best mark of 21-4 ¼ feet (6.51m) at the MW Championships for silver medal honors. Ugen claimed the long jump title at the Texas A&M Reveille Invitational in December and has finished with second-place recognition behind Gipson the rest of the season.

Chaniqua Corinealdi - Women's 60 Meters
Corinealdi will be making her second appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend after qualifying in the 60 meters and 200 meters as a freshman in 2010. The Killeen, Texas product rumbled to a personal-best clocking of 7.32 seconds to claim the 60-meter title at the 2012 MW Championships and followed that performance with a career-best time of 23.61 seconds to garner 200-meter gold. The junior is currently ranked No. 16 in the country in the event.

Charles Silmon - Men's 60 Meters
Silmon also comes into the weekend with a couple of MW titles to his credit, torching the 60-meter field with a personal-best time of 6.65 seconds, while clocking in with an indoor-best mark of 21.04 seconds in the 200 meters. Silmon will head into the weekend listed at No. 15 in the country. The Waco, Texas native has enjoyed a successful junior campaign thus far in 2012, going unbeaten in the 60 meters during the indoor regular season with wins at the Texas A&M Reveille Invitational, Texas 10-Team Invitational and Razorback Invitational. He was recognized at the MW Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 31.

The Horned Frogs will open competition Friday night at 7:30 p.m. CT, with the men's and women's 60-meter preliminary heats. The trials and finals of the women's long jump will follow at 8:15 p.m. CT. On Saturday, the finals section of the men's 60 meters will begin at 8:15 p.m. CT, while the women's 60 meter finals are set for 8:25 p.m. CT.

The policy for determining an All-American changed prior to the 2011 season. The top eight finishers at the NCAA Championships in each event--regardless of nationality--are named first-team All-Americans. Places 9-16 will be recognized as second-team All-Americans and places 17-24 as honorable mention All-Americans. Finishing a first round at the indoor championships or a preliminary at the outdoor finals site, automatically makes someone an honorable mention selection.

TCU track and field head coach Darryl Anderson, assistant coach Nic Petersen and senior long jumper 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.

TCU senior long jumper Whitney Gipson has been included in this week's issue of Sports Illustrated as part of the "Faces in the Crowd" section for her record-breaking performance at the 2012 Mountain West Championships. A native of North Richland Hills, Texas, Gipson is listed as the No. 1 long jumper in the country, having marked 21-10 ¾ feet (6.67m) to win the Mountain West title and snap the TCU and championship meet 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.

TCU will once again host a meet this spring at the Lowdon Track & Field Complex. The Purple and White will kickoff the outdoor season with the sixth annual Horned Frog Invitational, March 15-17. The collegiate field will have the javelin on March 15 with a full day of events on March 16. The teams competing in the Horned Frog Invitational include Baylor, Houston, North Texas, SMU, Texas State, UT Arlington and TCU. March 17 will feature over 30 local high schools.



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