Horned Frogs Set For Mountain West Championships
May 8, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU track and field program will open up postseason competition this week when it travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the 2012 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
"We are really looking forward to this week," said head coach Darryl Anderson. "It is a fun time of year for the student-athletes and they are really excited. We obviously want to capture as many conference titles as we can and hopefully have chance to claim an overall team title. This meet should really help prepare us for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Austin and should be very competitive."
The Championships will run from Wednesday, May 9 through Saturday, May 12, at the Cadet Outdoor Track & Field Complex on the campus of the Air Force Academy. The Horned Frogs will open competition on Thursday with the men's hammer throw at 6:00 p.m. CT.
On Friday, the Frogs will open action with the preliminary round of the women's hammer throw at 11:00 a.m. CT. Competition on the track is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. CT with the finals of the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase.
The Horned Frogs are coming off a solid showing at the prestigious Penn Relays two weeks ago. In Philadelphia, senior Whitney Gipson and junior Kelsey Samuels both claimed first-place accolades in the women's long jump and shot put, respectively, to lead TCU at the 118th running of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
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Lorraine Ugen and Whitney Gipson have also fared well in the world standings. Both jumpers currently rank No. 5 and No. 10 in the current world standings, respectively. Ugen's jump of 22 feet, 5 inches ranks No. 5, while Gipson's top mark of 21 feet, 10 ¾ inches currently stands as the 10th-best jump in the world. Both leaps are calculated to include wind-assisted marks.
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Freshman Lorraine Ugen leads the nation in the women's long jump, leaping 22 feet, 5 inches at the TCU Invitational. She is followed by senior Whitney Gipson who recorded a jump of 21 feet, 10 ¾ inches a few weeks ago at the Texas Relays.
Junior Charles Silmon is currently recognized as the sixth-fastest man in the country in the 100 meters. Silmon also sits in the top-25 in the men's 200 nationally, clocking the 21st-best time in the NCAA this spring.
In relay action, the men's 4x100 relay has recorded the No. 17 ranked time in the NCAA.
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