TCU Announces Athletes of the Month

June 2, 2010

 FORT WORTH, Texas--TCU announced Neidra Covington and Steven Maxwell as its Athletes of the Month. Zach Nichols and Valentine Derry collected Scholar-Athlete of the Month honors for their efforts for the Horned Frogs.

Neidra Covington heads to Eugene, Ore. having won both the Mountain West Conference and NCAA West Preliminary Round in the triple jump. The senior, who ranks No. 4 in the NCAA in the triple jump and No. 13 in the long jump, closed her Mountain West Conference career crushing the rest of the field in the triple jump with a new stadium, school and MWC Championships record. The four-time All-American soared 44 feet, 2 inches to win championship accolades in Albuquerque. Covington, who will compete in both the long and triple jump in Eugene, jumped a personal-best 21 feet, 3⁄4 inches in the long jump at the NCAA West Preliminary Round to advance to Eugene, following a third-place finish in the long jump at the conference championships. She is the No. 1 ranked triple jumper in both the West Region and Mountain West Conference this spring and one of only six student-athletes to qualify for Eugene in both the long and triple jump.

Steven Maxwell took home Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year honors and was also named to first-team all conference. Maxwell helped lead the frogs to the 2010 Mountain West Conference tournament championship title. He had an era of 1.64 for the month of May and went 4-1. He appeared in and started in five games and pitched 33 innings. Maxwell had 29 strikeouts and only six walks.

Junior Zach Nichols compiled a combined 4-0 record in singles and doubles for TCU during the month of May. He went 2-0 in singles play and 2-0 in doubles play in the last matches of the season for the Horned Frogs. Nichols helped TCU earn its third Mountain West Conference tournament championship with victories in both singles (No. 2) and doubles (No. 3) during the May 1 conference title match against San Diego State in Las Vegas. He also accounted for TCU's lone wins in singles (No. 2) and doubles (No. 3) during the squad's NCAA tournament first-round match vs. No. 18 Ole Miss on May 14 in College Station, Texas.

Valentine Derry finished up her last season as a Horned Frog as the first TCU women's golfer to play in four NCAA Championships. Derry was named to the NCAA All-East Region team by the National Golf Coaches Association. Derry carded a final-round 72 to finish regional play at even-par 216 and tied for ninth individually. Derry continued her standout play at the NCAA Championship. Her 72-hole score of 296 was TCU's best mark at an NCAA Championship since 1983. Derry received the second all-region honor of her career. She was also named to the 2008 NCAA All-Central Region team in addition to earning All-American accolades from the NCGA and Golfweek.



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