Gipson Named South Central Field Athlete of the Year
June 4, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - Senior Whitney Gipson was honored Monday as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's South Central Field Athlete of the Year.
Gipson, a five-time All-America honoree, advanced to the final rounds of the NCAA meet in the women's long jump after placing second overall at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the event with a leap of 21 feet, 6 inches. The NCAA's No. 3 ranked jumper coming into the preliminary round with a seasonal-best leap of 21 feet, 10 ¾ inches, Gipson won the Mountain West Championship for a second-straight year becoming only the fourth student-athlete in conference history to accomplish back-to-back championships. The reining NCAA Indoor Champion in the long jump and Bowerman Watch List honoree, Gipson, who will also compete in Des Moines in the 4x100, won the prestigious Penn Relays earlier this year becoming the first student-athlete to ever win the Penn Relays in back-to-back years in program history. Finally, Gipson ranked in the top-10 in the world for a majority of the outdoor season in the women's long jump.
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 at Drake Stadium.