TCU Set For NCAA Outdoor Championships In Des Moines

Whitney Gipson

June 4, 2012



FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU track and field program will close its 2012 outdoor campaign this week at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.  The four-day meet, which will begin on Wednesday, June 6, will take place at Drake Stadium, which is located on the campus of Drake University. 

The Horned Frogs will begin competition on Wednesday with the semifinal round of the men's 4x100. In all, the Frogs will send 15 student-athletes to Iowa, while the Purple and White will compete in eight different events. 

"Its an exciting time of the year," said head coach Darryl Anderson. "This is what we have invested eight to ninth months of practice for. Overall, we feel really good about the student-athletes we have representing TCU at the final rounds of the 2012 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships."

TCU comes into the final rounds of the NCAA Championships following competition at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin. In all, the Purple and White advanced five student-athletes and three relays. Earning automatic NCAA bids in Austin were the men and women's 4x100, women's 4x400, Charles Silmon (100 meters), Cameron Parker (Triple Jump), Chaniqua Corinealdi (100 and 200 meters), Whitney Gipson (Long Jump) and Lorraine Ugen (Long Jump and 100 meters).

NCAA Track & Field Championship Information
Fans not able to attend the final rounds of the NCAA Championships this week can follow all the action live on There you will find a link to the live results tab, which is located on the schedule page.  In addition,  the entire meet will be streamed live. Wednesday's events will be available via, and Thursday through Saturday on Saturday's meet also will be televised on ESPNU in a window beginning at noon (CT).

A full recap and final results will be posted following each day of competition as well. Fans are also encouraged to follow @TCUTrackField on Twitter. Additional meet information can be found on 

TCU History At The NCAA Outdoor Championships
TCU has recorded three individual national titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in its history. Raymond Stewart won two outdoor 100-meter titles in 1987 and 1989, while TCU great Khadevis Robinson captured the 1998 championship in the men's 800 meters, which is the last time a Frog has been crowned an NCAA Outdoor Champion. 

Overall, TCU has produced more NCAA titles in the men's 4x100 relay than any other school over the last 32-plus years. It all started modestly with a fifth-place finish by the mile relay at the 1973 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Since then, TCU has produced five NCAA Outdoor National Champions in the event. As a team, the Horned Frogs highest finish on the men's side is second-place in 2001, while the women's highest finish is 12th in 1993. Finally, TCU will look to add to its 267 All-America honorees this week in Des Moines.

Breaking Down TCU At Nationals
Charles Silmon heads to nationals with second-fastest time clocked of the 24 participants in the men's 100 meters. The junior recorded a wind-aided time of 10.04 seconds in Austin to advance. Silmon will also look to help the men's 4x100 advance Wednesday in Des Moines. The quartet, which consists of Skye Dawson, Silmon, OJ Stoneham and Ramone Bailey, is coming off a performance in which they posted a seasonal-best time of 39.59 seconds, which ranks No. 9 amongst final round units. Senior Mark Barnes and sophomore Lavon Collins are listed as alternates for the relay. 

Cameron Parker, the Mountain West Champion, has come on late in the year for the Frogs in the triple jump, advancing to Des Moines with a leap of 51 feet, 4 1/2 inches, which ranks No. 17 amongst jumpers. 

On the women's side, Lorraine Ugen currently sits No. 10 amongst all sprinters in the 100 meters. She punched her ticket to the NCAA meet with a personal-best time of 11.34 seconds. Junior Chaniqua Corinealdi will also compete in the event after posting the 18th-fastest time amongst the final 24, recording a time of 11.41 seconds.  Corinealdi will also look to advance in the women's 200 meters after recording the 23rd-ranked time amongst competitors in Austin. 

In the relays, the women's 4x100 currently sits No. 19 heading into Des Moines, while the 4x400 quartet comes into nationals after recording a seasonal-best time of 3:37.12 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round. 

Reining NCAA Indoor Champion, Whitney Gipson will look to defend her title this week in the women's long jump. The five-time All-America honoree currently sits No. 3 amongst all competitors after earning runner-up accolades in Austin. Gipson soared to a jump of 21 feet, 6 inches in her last outing. Ugen will also compete in the women's long jump at Drake Stadium. The freshman, who was ranked No. 1 throughout the outdoor season,  heads to nationals with the ninth-best leap after jumping 21 feet, 1 1/2 inches on her first and only attempt at the NCAA West Preliminary Round. 

TCU's Opening Round Schedule
TCU will open competition this week in Iowa on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with the semifinals of the men's 4x100. The women's 4x100 quartet will follow at 5:45 p.m., while semifinal rounds of the men and women's 100 meters will take place later that night at 7:15 and 7:30 p.m., respectively. 

On Thursday, the Frogs will open competition with the women's long jump at 5:30 p.m. Action on the track will also begin at 5:30 p.m. with the semifinal rounds of the women's 200 meters.  The Purple and White will close competition on the day with the semifinal round of the women's 4x400 at 8:25 p.m. CT. 

Finally, the men's triple jump will open up Friday, June 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Drake Stadium. 

Last Year At Nationals
Jessica Young and Whitney Gipson highlighted the Horned Frogs entries at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships by earning first-team All-America recognition. Young tallied her seventh All-American honor of her career with the third-place finish in the 100 meters, while Gipson compiled her third career nod by wrapping-up competition fourth overall in the women's long jump.

Charles Silmon crossed the finish line in 10th-place in the men's 200 meters and 15th overall in the 100-meter race.

Earning All-America accolades on the week were Young, Gipson, Silmon and the women's 4x100 and 4x400, respectively. 

Gipson's Final Run
Considering the fact that her teammate Lorraine Ugen was No. 1 in the NCAA throughout the outdoor season, senior Whitney Gipson has a lot to prove this week in Des Moines if she wants to defend her NCAA indoor title in the women's long jump. The five-time All-American, who currently sits No. 3 amongst competitors in the NCAA and is a Bowerman Watch List honoree, will begin her quest this week to repeat as NCAA Champion in the women's long jump after winning the event during the indoor season. She placed fourth overall at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. 

More On Gipson
If senior Whitney Gipson is able to defend her Indoor NCAA Championship this week, the senior would join Southern Miss' Tori Bowie, who is currently No. 12 in the NCAA, as the second-straight student-athlete to accomplish that feat in the women's long jump. Bowie won both a year ago.

O'Brien Named Academic All-District
TCU senior Jack O'Brien was named first team Capital One Academic All-District last week as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 

O'Brien closed his career earning All-Mountain West honors in the men's 800 meters after placing third overall at the 2012 Mountain West Championships. He will leave Fort Worth as a two-time NCAA Championship quarterfinal participant and multiple Academic All-Mountain West selection.

O'Brien, who earned USTFCCCA Academic All-America and MWC Scholar-Athlete accolades a year ago, posted the highest MCAT score in TCU history during the 2011-12 school year. He was recently named the recipient of Dutch Meyer Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, which is the highest academic honor a TCU student-athlete can receive.

Horned Frogs Earn All-Conference Honors
After claiming the program's first women's outdoor team-title this past weekend in school history, TCU placed 25 student-athletes on the 2012 All-Mountain West squad the league office announced.

Following the meet, head coach Darryl Anderson was named the Mountain West Women's Coach of the Year. In all, 11 different student-athletes garnered championship medals in Colorado Springs, Colo. Thirteen student-athletes on the women's side earned all-conference recognition Tuesday, while 12 different men collected all-league accolades.

Headlining the women's selections was freshman Lorraine Ugen, earning all-conference recognition in the 100 meters, long jump and as a member of the women's 4x100 that claimed first-place accolades. In the women's 100 meters, Ugen blasted the competition, clocking a personal and seasonal-best time of 11.35 seconds to claim championship accolades with the third-best time in Mountain West Championship history.

Junior Chaniqua Corinealdi also collected all-league accolades in three different events, including the 100, 200 and 4x100. The Killeen native crossed the finish line in first-place in both the 200 and women's 4x100 relay this past weekend.

The Frogs had three different student-athletes earn all-conference twice, which includes Quinterra Charles, Whitney Gipson and Briyanni Thomas. Charles and Gipson won the women's 400 and long jump, respectively, while all three were either a part of the women's 4x100 or 4x400.

On the men's side, Mark Barnes, Lavon Collins and Narada Jackson, who all placed in the top-3 in their respective events, garnered all-league recognition in three events. Charles Silmon, who captured gold in both the 100 meters and 4x100, followed by earning all-conference recognition in multiple events. In all, the Waco native tied for the second-fastest time in MW Championship history and is the first-ever Mountain West student-athlete to three-peat as conference champion in the men's 100 meters.

Stunning Success On The Conference Level
Head coach Darryl Anderson helped TCU capture its first women's outdoor team-title in program history at the 2012 Mountain West Outdoor Championships. Following the meet, he was named the Mountain West Conference Women's Coach of the Year after the Frogs captured six individual conference crowns to go along with their team-title.

TCU Is The New Jumps U
TCU had one of the most successful outdoor campaigns in the nation this season, as it will send two-students athletes in the women's long jump to the final rounds of the NCAA Championships. The Frogs are one of six schools overall to send two different student-athletes in the long jump to Des Moines. TCU is the only program in the nation to have two-student-athletes rank in the top-four in the NCAA in the long jump all outdoor season with Lorraine Ugen being ranked No. 1 throughout the entire outdoor season with a leap of 22 feet, 5 inches. NCAA Indoor Champion Whitney Gipson finished No. 3 in the NCAA with a seasonal-best leap of 21 feet, 10 ¾ inches.

Frogs Soaring To New Heights
TCU posted the top-3 spots in the women's long jump at the conference championships, marking the first time in Mountain West history that any school has accomplished that feat. In all, the Frogs are the only school in the country to garner the top-3 finishers in the women's long jump at a conference meet. 

TCU In The World Rankings
Heading into the NCAA Championships, TCU has recorded three marks that currently rank in the top 30 in the world standings according to IAAF. If you calculate in wind-aided times, junior Charles Silmon sits at No. 17 in the world in the men's 100 meters after clocking a time of 10.04 seconds in Austin.

Lorraine Ugen and Whitney Gipson have also fared well in the world standings. Both jumpers currently rank No. 8 and No. 21 in the current world standings, respectively. Ugen's jump of 22 feet, 5 inches ranks No. 8, while Gipson's top mark of 21 feet, 10 ¾ inches currently stands as the 21st-best jump in the world. Both leaps are calculated to include wind-assisted marks.



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