TCU Track & Field Heads South For 84th Annual Texas Relays

Freshman Briyanni Thomas

Freshman Briyanni Thomas

April 5, 2011

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU track and field program will travel to the state capital this weekend for the 84th running of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The historic meet runs Wednesday-Saturday, April 6-9, at Mike A. Myers Stadium and will feature some of the best track and field athletes in the nation and the world.

Jake Rossmango will kick-off the action for the Horned Frogs on the meet’s opening day, competing in Section B of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Kelly Dawson and Jeff Pels will follow in Section B of the 1,500 meters, while Agnes Kemboi will wrap up Wednesday evening in the 5,000 meters. Lavon Collins and Jordan Pitts will represent the Purple and White in the men’s 400-meter hurdles Thursday before the rest of the squad competes on Friday.

Olympians and USA track and field stars Tyson Gay and Jeremy Wariner will compete as part of a 4x400m relay team Saturday. Joining them on the mile-relay will be 2008 4x400 gold medalist Reggie Witherspoon and former University of Southern California standout Lionel Larry.

WIRED FROGS
Fans that are unable to attend this weekend’s meet in Austin can follow the results live from the World Wide Web at the official TCU athletics Web site, GoFrogs.com. The meet will also have updates on the official Twitter page of TCU Track & Field (@TCUTrackField). GoFrogs.com will also have a full recap and results after each day of competition.

A RICH HISTORY IN AUSTIN
Through the years, the Frogs have posted a strong showing at the Texas Relays. Overall, TCU has captured six men’s 4x100 titles, while also claiming first-place accolades in the men’s 4x200 eight different times. Individually, the Frogs have captured five titles in the men’s 100 meters, two in the men’s 1500 meters and three in the men’s 5000 meters. In the field events, the Purple and White have dominated, winning a total of nine different titles. The Frogs’ won two events in 2010 as Rose Taniu paced the field in the womens’ 3,000 meters at 9:46.56 and Neidra Covington soared 42-9 3/4 to take the women’s triple jump.

TCU IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Frogs have several student-athletes ranked amongst the nation’s best, according to TFRRS. Senior Jessica Young is currently the fastest woman in the country in the 100 meters (11.14) and third in the 400 meters (52.27), while freshman Veronica Jones is not far behind, listed at No. 21 (11.57). Sophomore Charles Silmon is No. 8 in the men’s 100 meters (10.25) and No. 17 in the 200-meters after posting a time of 20.82 in the opening meet.

Senior Mychal Dungey ran his personal-best at the Bobby Lane Invite to be ranked No. 18 in the men’s 400 meters (46.59). In the men’s 800 meters, Jack O’Brien and Sean Zurko enter this weekend ranked No. 11 and No. 15, respectively, nationally. Senior Jordan Pitts owns the No. 18 ranked time in the 110-meter hurdles. The men’s 4x100 currently sits No. 4 in the NCAA, while the women’s 4x100 is currently No. 10. The men’s 4x100 bring the 6th-fastest time of 39.62 into the Texas Relays, while the women’s top 4x100 quartet chimes in at No. 17.

From the infield, men’s triple jumper Cameron Parker is listed at No. 21 with a distance of 50-3 1/4 from the Arizona State Invitational, while women’s long jumper Whitney Gipson ranks No. 23 with a season-long leap of 19-10 1/4. Sophomore Kelsey Samuels is currently the No. 22 women’s shot putter in the country.

TOP MARKS IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
One week into the outdoor season, TCU currently holds the top spot in 13 different events in the Mountain West Conference. Overall, the Horned Frogs lead the conference in the men’s 100, 200, 400, 800, 110-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, 4x100, 4x400 and long jump. On the women’s side, the Purple and White top the conference in the 100, 400, 4x100 and shot put.

DUNGEY EARNS MOUNTAIN WEST WEEKLY HONORS
Senior Mychal Dungey was selected as the Mountain West Conference Co-Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week, the league office announced on April 5.

Dungey ran a personal-best time of 46.59 in the 400 meters to lead all collegiate entries and place second overall behind former Frog Lewis Banda. Dungey paced the Frogs in the 200 meters as well, posting a seasonal-best time of 20.92 to earn fourth among collegians. The Austin, Texas, native was also a member of the Frogs’ first-place 4x100 meter squad, joining forces with OJ Stoneham, Charles Silmon and Mark Barnes to clock in at 39.62. The time is the fastest output for the foursome this spring, leads the Mountain West Conference and is sixth nationally.

SENIOR KIGEN GOING THE DISTANCE IN FINAL SEASON
Senior Festus Kigen has gotten off to a solid start this outdoor season after missing most of the indoor schedule with an injury. The Kenya native started the spring with a 1,500-meter win at the Horned Frog Invitational and followed up by taking the same event at the Bobby Lane Invitational on April 2. Kigen comes into the track season after being named South Central Regional Athlete of the Year in cross country and representing TCU at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.

LAST TIME OUT: 34TH ANNUAL BOBBY LANE INVITATIONAL
The TCU men’s team won four titles at Maverick Stadium for the 34th Annual Bobby Lane Invitational. Sean Zurko led the way in the 800 meters for his second win of the season, while senior Festus Kigen earned his second 1,500-meter title of the spring. The men’s 4x100 team of OJ Stoneham, Mychal Dungey, Charles Silmon and Mark Barnes rallied to pace the field and sophomore Cameron Tabor through a personal-best to claim the men’s discus.


 

 


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