TCU Opens Indoor Season at Texas A&M
Dec. 5, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU track and field team opens its 2013-14 indoor season with the Texas A&M Reveille Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 7 in College Station, Texas.
"It is kind of a dress rehearsal for us," said head coach Darryl Anderson, who enters his 10th season at the helm in 2013-14. "The fall is 14 weeks long and to be able to culminate your fall with a performance is great."
The event will feature seven running events - 60-meter hurdles, mile run, 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 800-meter run, 5,000-meter run and the 4x400-meter relay - and five field events - shot put, weight throw, long jump, pole vault and high jump.
The Horned Frogs will compete against host Texas A&M, Houston and the University of Texas at San Antonio with both field and running events beginning at 3 p.m. in Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
"Texas A&M is very familiar to us because they were in the Big 12 a couple years ago and we see them a lot because of geographic location," Anderson said. "We have some familiarity with the teams there will be there and the kids on the teams all know each other. It will be an interesting and fun situation."
After graduating a pair of Big 12 Indoor 60-meter dash champions in Charles Silmon and Chaniqua Corinealdi, the Horned Frogs will rely on contributions from a multitude of individuals who added to the teams scoring efforts at last years conference meet.
On the men's side, the Horned Frogs will rely on their seven returning All-Americans. Sophomore sprinters Ronnie Baker, Raymond Bozmans, Sam Watts and Harvey McSwain all scored in 2012-13 Big 12 indoor competition. Baker finished fifth in the 400-meter dash (47.47) and Bozmans placed eighth in the 60-meter dash (7.02) while Watts and McSwain finished seventh (21.66) and eighth (21.90), respectively, in the 200-meter dash. Seniors Narada Jackson and Justin Chambers also scored for the Frogs in the 600-yard run, finishing fifth (1:10.33) and sixth (1:10.50), respectively.
"On the men's side we feel pretty good as far as the team being experienced," Anderson said. "There is a good amount of depth on our men's team. They will do extremely well."
On the women's side, senior jumper Lorraine Ugen is the leading returner after earning All-America honors with a fifth-place finish in the long jump (20'10") at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships. In distance competition, redshirt senior Tricia Terry notched a pair of top-six finishes at last years Big 12 Indoor Championship, including setting the TCU school record in the 3,000-meter run with a 9:28.92. Junior thrower Megan Smith also posted Big 12 Championship points with a fifth-place finish in the shot put (16.09m). The Horned Frogs also have 11 female freshman who are expected to make their collegiate debuts on Saturday.
"The big focus is going to be on the fact that we have 11 freshmen," Anderson said. "We'll be looking to see how they do, how they will stand up in this environment against a Texas A&M team that is one of the best in the country."
The Reveille Invitational will be the first of five indoor invitational competitions for the Horned Frogs, leading up to the 2013 Big 12 Indoor Championships (Feb. 28-March 1) and the NCAA Indoor Championships (March 14-15).