Sept. 28, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - TCU's women's cross country squad was victorious in the Gold Division of the Notre Dame Invitational Friday afternoon. The Horned Frogs were led by Agnes Kemboi's second victory in a row in the women's 5K, and earned the team title for the division with four top-15 finishes.
"I think it went really well," head cross country coach Liz Wort said. "Today was a good step for the program. It was good to get a win too. Quite a few of the women finished high in the standings, and I am really proud of them."
Kemboi continued her dominant season as she ran away with the women's 5K competition. The senior crossed the line first in 16:53, a nine-second improvement from her winning time at the Ken Garland Invitational two weeks ago. Kemboi now has two wins and a second-place finish through three events on the year.
"Agnes looked great," Wort noted. "She exceeded my expectations of where she is. I think she is ready for the bigger competition and the bigger meets. She said she felt comfortable and she ran aggressively in the middle of the race, which was something we have been talking about. She got a good start, and pushed the pace while still being relaxed."
Freshman Ashley Eckhoff had the best performance of her young TCU career as she crossed the line in fourth in a time of 17:46. Tricia Terry earned her second-consecutive top-10 finish with a ninth place effort in 17:59. In her TCU debut, freshman Laura Orlie took 15th with a time of 18:06.
"Our freshmen are doing really well," Wort said. "Laura Orlie had a very strong first race. Ashley Eckhoff ran a new personal best after just breaking her personal best two weeks ago. It was good to see."
The Horned Frogs' fifth finisher was freshman Maggie Escobar, who crossed the line 33rd in 18:27. TCU took the team title with an accumulation of 62 points, 24 ahead of the second-place squad.
"Overall it was very good," Wort concluded. "Our freshmen stepped up and Agnes and Tricia (Terry) continue to be consistent leaders and performers."
TCU's men's cross country squad will compete tomorrow at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla. The competition begins at 9:45 a.m. The Horned Frogs women return to competition on Oct. 13 when they compete at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark.