Freshman Terry Finding Her Stride with Frogs
May 30, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Freshman Tiffany Terry came to TCU as a heavily decorated high school sprinter with multiple Texas regional and state track titles under her belt. Despite the accolades she knew she would have to earn her stripes with the Frogs.
"I knew it wouldn't be easy. It's D-I track and field and the Big 12," she said. "I knew with my background I should be able to perform well, even as a freshman. I knew I'd have to work a little bit harder to run with the big dogs."
The Clear Springs HS graduate relied on the advice of her father Eddie Terry, who ran track at LSU.
"He told me it was going to be tough," she said. "We have some amazing schools in the Big 12 and some powerhouses. He told me to work hard and to not get discouraged even when I'm not performing as well as I want to because college is a whole different ball game."
The first meet of her college career -- an indoor meet at Texas A&M -- was a real eye-opener.
"My first meet was a big shock," said Terry, who the 2013 Texas 5A State Title in the 400 meters and the 4 x 400 relay. "I didn't run terrible but I am used to top places and I don't think I even placed. I was surprised and I knew it was going to be an adjustment and a lot of work to get to where I want to be."
Although she wasn't pleased with her place, her time of 54.66 in the 400 meters was her fastest in the indoor season. Her second-fastest time of the year was 54.73 in the prelims of the Big 12 Indoor Championships. In the 4 x 400 relay, her team placed seventh at the Big 12 Indoor.
"Indoor was a big shock for me because I hadn't been through a whole indoor season," she said. "Early on I made a lot of freshman mistakes, being nervous and race mechanics."
When outdoor season came, Terry felt more in her element.
"Outdoor is what I know," said Terry, who ran in the quarterfinals of 400 meters at the NCAA Preliminaries in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Thursday and will be running in the quarters in 4 x 400 relay Saturday. "I know how to run on an outdoor track and that's when I really started to to train and race and my times started to drop."
She clipped off her best time of the outdoor season of 53.72 in the preliminaries of the Big 12 Championships to earn a spot in at the NCAA prelims.
"I think I have progressed really well. It's been hard work and staying positive about everything," the nursing major said.
Next year, she's setting her sights high again and hopes to return to the NCAA prelims in order to earn a shot into the NCAA Championships.
"I'm going to come back adjusted and I know how everything works and training, training, training in trying to get to nationals," she said.