Goertzen Earns Bid To NCAA Championships

Nov. 11, 2016


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Brenley Goertzen finished sixth overall at the NCAA South Central regional meet on Friday morning, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championships next week.

"Brenley ran extremely well," coach Jennifer Fazioli said. "We had a strong feeling going in that she could do this."

Goertzen found herself in 10th after the 2K split but stayed with the front pack throughout the race. The Woodbury, Minn., native ended up crossing the finish line at 20:38.2 to solidify one of the four individual spots at the sport's most prestigious meet. Goertzen will be the first Horned Frog to represent TCU at nationals since Agnes Kemboi earned a trip in 2012.

"The moment never got too big for her, and she executed perfectly. All-American at nationals is the next goal."

Arkansas and Baylor finished first and second to advance as a team, while SMU's Hannah Miller, and Rice's Katie Jensen and Abigail Cartwright will join Goertzen to advance as individuals. Goertzen earned All-Region honors for her performance today and will look to garner All-America honors next week.

The NCAA Championships will take place Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

Overall, TCU finished sixth. Freshman Kirsten Johnston led the second surge of Horned Frogs as she placed 36th with a time of 21:46.7. Sophomore Anna Cozart followed in 39th at 21:51.1. Freshman Lindsay Tomaini clocked in at 22:04.8, with junior Nicole Hicks right behind at 22:09.9. Freshman Kelly Fairchild finished at 23:22.6.

"The women as a whole ran very well. The goal going in was sixth, and we did that. It was the best team race of the season, and they should be very proud of themselves - I certainly am. It's a great confidence builder for a growing program."



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