Flyin' Frogs Collect Seven All-America Honors
June 15, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas - Following a strong showing at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., the Flyin' Frogs had three student-athletes and one relay named United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Americans.
Jessica Young garnered her fourth All-America award by crossing the finish line in second-place in the 100 meters. Young, a junior from South Carolina, collected second-place honors with a time of 11.22 seconds. Her second-place finish in the 100 ties Flyin' Frog great Beverly McDonald, who earned runner-up honors in the event in 1993 in Louisiana, for the highest finish ever by a TCU sprinter in the women's 100 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. By collecting runner-up honors, Young posted the highest finish by a Flyin' Frog woman in head coach Darryl Anderson's five years in Fort Worth.
Neidra Covington collected All-America honors following an eighth-place performance in the women's triple jump. The All-American accolade was Covington's third of her career.
Freshman Whitney Gipson posted her first All-America showing in Fayetteville in the women's long jump, soaring to a 13th-place finish in the finals. She was the only freshman in the nation to make the finals in the long jump at the NCAA Championships.
Finally, the men's 4x100, which consisted of Mark Barnes, Otis McDaniel, Mychal Dungey and Justyn Warner, picked up All-America recognition by clocking a time of 39.50 seconds to finish in eighth-place in Fayetteville. Overall, the All-America honor for the men's 4x100 marked the third time under Anderson that a TCU men's 4x100 unit has received All-America status.
McDaniel closed out his career as a four-time All-American, while Warner and Dungey posted their third All-America honors of their career. Barnes collected his first All-America selection of his young career at John McDonnell Field.