Nov. 12, 2011
WACO, Texas – TCU junior Agnes Kemboi punched her ticket to the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships by pacing the Horned Frogs at the South Central Regionals Saturday.
The Eldoret, Kenya native finished sixth overall among individuals, crossing the finish line with a 6K clocking of 20:43.7. The time was the second-fastest time of the season for Kemboi, behind her 20:23 performance at the Chile Pepper Festival on Oct. 15. TCU has now sent at least one individual to the NCAA Championships in seven of the last nine years.
“I am very excited for Agnes,” TCU cross country head coach Liz Wort said. “She has worked really hard for the opportunity to run at the national meet. It was really windy today and she got buried to begin the race. After starting out slow, she worked her way up and the wind was blowing her around everywhere, so she had to run a harder race than some of the other girls. I know she really wanted it, she was fighting hard and you could see it in her face that she was really motivated. I am really happy for her.”
Senior Kelly Dawson followed behind Kemboi, turning in a personal-best time of 21:58.4 to finish in 32nd place. Junior Tricia Terry earned a 37th-place outcome at 22:09.8.
“Kelly and Tricia had really good races as well,” Wort said. “The two of them ran a very smart race and ran really tough in the last 2K. It is a hilly course, but they both worked really well together and I was very happy with how they finished.”
Overall, the TCU women, who were ranked No. 13 in the region coming into this weekend, finished in 11th-place with 306 points. Arkansas claimed the team-title on Saturday with 49 points. On the men's side, Texas earned the team-title with 40 points.
The 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be held on Nov. 21, in Terre Haute, Ind.