Horned Frogs set for North Texas Invite

Ashley Young

Ashley Young

Sept. 14, 2007

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU cross country program will continue its 2007 season on Saturday morning at the 30th annual North Texas Invite in Denton. Start time for the men's 8K race is set for 9 a.m., while the women's 5K will follow at 9:30 a.m. from Eagle Point Campus.

Teams competing in Denton are host school UNT, Baylor, TCU, SMU, Northwood and UT-Dallas.

Scouting TCU
The women's team returns a plethora of experience with 11 of 12 team members returning.

With an experienced and talented team, the Horned Frogs are primed for a breakout year in 2007 after finishing fifth overall at the Mountain West Conference Championships last fall.

Sophomore Carlene Mayfield and senior Halie Bullin return to lead the TCU women's squad this season.

On the men's side is very young with just three returnees and five freshmen dotting the Horned Frog roster.

With the influx of inexperience, TCU will lean on the experience of seniors Matt Manly, Steven Solazzo and sophomore Festus Kigen to help carry the men's squad this fall. The development of a talented freshmen class along with the continued growth of the three upperclassmen will be important as the Horned Frogs progress throughout the season.

Last Time Out (Kigen leads Horned Frogs at Baylor)
Sophomore Festus Kigen finished second overall to lead TCU at the season opening Baylor Twilight Invite on Aug. 31.

Kigen, an Eldoret, Kenya, native, crossed the finish line in 18.01.00 at the Baylor Intramural Fields. Placing 26th was senior Matt Manly, who ran 19.28.00 in Waco.

"Festus looked great today. We still have a lot of work to do though," said distance coach Shawn Winget.

 

 

As a team, TCU placed sixth overall on the men's side, while the women posted a fifth-place finish.

Leading the way on the TCU women's side was senior Halie Bullin, who ran 15.03.00 in the 4K race. Bullin, who crossed the finish line in 24th place, was followed by Ashley Young, a junior from Lewisville, who placed 29th overall and Tanja Ivandic, who followed in 30th. Young ran 15.21.00, while Ivandic, a freshman from Fort Worth, recorded a time of 15.24.00.

Follow The Horned Frogs
Fans not able to attend this week's meet in Denton, can follow the meet by logging onto www.gofrogs.com. Results will be posted following the men's and women's race.

Kigen Honored as Road Warrior of the Week
TCU sophomore Festus Kigen, who finished second overall at the season opening Baylor Twilight Invite with a time of 18:01.42, was named Gulliver's Travel Road Warrior of the Week for the week of Sept. 3.

Kigen finished second behind Francis Kasagule of Lamar. Kasagule crossed the finish line in 17:59.9.

Top Six in Mountain West
Entering into this weekend, TCU had claimed six of the 10 top times in the Mountain West for the men's 6K. Festus Kigen leads all runners with a time of 18:01:04. Senior Matt Manly is second in the MWC after crossing the finish line in 19:28:02 in Waco.

Bullin Continues Success
TCU senior Halie Bullin opened the 2007 season by running a time of 15.03.00 in the 4K race to finish 24th overall. The Cedar Park native will look to have a breakthrough year this fall after only competing in the first three meets in 2006. She opened last season at the Bear Relays with a ninth-place finish. On the track, Bullin closed out the year placing fifth in the 5000 meters at the MWC Outdoor Championships.

Freshman Making Impact
Fort Worth resident Tanja Ivandic opened her Horned Frog career two weeks ago in Waco with a time of 15.24.00. She was the lone freshman for TCU on either the men's or women's side to finish in the top-30.

Next Opponent
TCU will travel to College Station on Sept. 22 for the Texas A&M Invite. The meet is set for 7:45 a.m. at the Penberthy Intramural Fields.


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