Frogs Look to Build on Success in 2014-15
July 16, 2014
1 NCAA Champion
17 NCAA Championship participants
13 Big 12 All-Academic recipients
7 NCAA Indoor qualifiers
3 Big 12 Champions
4 new school records
FORT WORTH, Texas-- The Frogs had a total of 17 student-athletes participate in the 2014 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, and with a majority of them returning for the 2014-15 season, the future is bright for the TCU men's and women's track and field teams.
"When you look at the progressions you can see we had a lot of good things happen individually," TCU track and field coach Darryl Anderson said. "Now, the key for us is to start parlaying individual success into team success."
In addition to the national qualifiers, the Frogs boast one national champion in Lorraine Ugen (women's indoor long jump); three Bg 12 Conference Champions (Ugen, women's indoor long jump; Jordan Moore, 60H and 110H); 11 All-Americans and 13 Big 12 All-Academic recipients, just to name a few.
Anchoring the women's team is Megan Smith, one of four Frogs to set a school record in 2013-14, totaled 16 top three finishes -- including 10 first-place finishes -- in the women's outdoor discus and shot up and indoor shot put.
Her throw of 181 feet, 10 inches in the discus at the Michael Johnson Invitational is the new school record. She originally broke her own school record of 167 feet at the TCU Invitational with a throw of 181. Tricia Terry and Moore also notched school records in the mile (4:42.52) and 60H (7.72), while Sean Tabor recorded a new school standard in the hammer (187-6).
In addition to Smith, the Frogs return three of the four members of women's 4 x 100 relay team (Judy Emeodi, Sabrina Moore and Iphona-Clemence Paiement) that earned second-team all-American honors.
The Frogs will also count on returners Ashley Eckhoff (distance); Makaila Flannigan (hurdles); Alexandria Peters (sprints, middle distance); Arin Rice, one of the top distance runners in the nation in high school who missed her freshman year due to injury; Anna Robinson (long jump); Makena Schroder (javelin); and Tiffany Terry(sprints, relays).
The Frogs also welcome a bevy of talent in Anna Cozart (mile/800 meters); UTEP transfer Brianna McGhee (hurdles); Briana Oliver (long jump/sprints); Bailey Sullivan (mile); and Dominique Tilly (mile).
"We're going to be a year older so we are expecting a lot of improvement. Fall (practice) is going to be critical for this group to our improvement," Anderson said. "I think we have a chance to be better. We're still growing (as a team) and we're still recruiting."
For the men, the Frogs will be led by Ronnie Baker, who qualified in four events at the NCAA Championships (100 meters, 200 meters, and 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays); Moore; NCAA qualifier Adam Damadzic (discus); Kolby Listenbee (sprints/relays); Cameron Echols-Luper (sprints/relays); Harvey McSwain (sprints/relays); Malik Summers (sprints/relays); Ramone Bailey (long jump/relays); and Sam Watts (sprints).
"We've got a lot of explosive sprint depth and we have guys who have competed at the NCAA Championship level," Anderson said.
Also joining the group of returners are Raymond Bozemans (NCAA indoor qualifier in the 60 meters at 6.60); Lavon Collins (400 meters); and Joshua Washington (sprints), who all were redshirts last year. All three earned All-American status in the relays during the 2012-13 season.
"On paper we're really, really good in the sprints and we can compete (at a high level). If the culture is right and if guys come in and work and they do what they're supposed to do athletically, academically and socially," Anderson said.