Regionally Ranked Frogs Set For Cowboy Jamboree
Sept. 22, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU cross country program will travel north on Saturday to compete at the historic 74th running of the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla.
Start time for the women's 6K will take place at 9:15 a.m., while the men's 8K will follow at approximately 9:45 a.m. at the OSU Cross Country Course. Overall, the Cowboy Jamboree is the longest consecutively run meet in the entire nation and will feature open, high school and college sections.
"This weekend will mark Festus Kigen's season-opener and I would like to see him get off to a good start," said distance coach Shawn Winget. "We will be running our full men's squad, so I am anxious to see how they compete for the first time in a big meet."
"Our women will be without Katie Dalton and Amanda Throckmorton this weekend, so some of the others will really have to step up," said Winget. "I want us to be right when we get to conference and the South Central Regional in a few weeks. This weekend should be a good test for us in seeing how we respond to our first 6K race."
Nationally ranked teams competing this weekend on the men's side are No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 13 Oklahoma, while several other regionally ranked programs will also be in competition in Stillwater, Okla. On the women's side, Kansas State and Tulsa, who are both receiving votes nationally, will both be in action along with several others on Saturday morning.
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Former distance runner Calandra Stewart paced both the men and women during the 2006 edition of the meet, placing fourth overall to lead TCU to a third-place team standing, which is the highest team finish since the women captured the team title in 2000.
Stewart's fourth-place showing in 2006 is also the highest an individual has placed at the OSU Cross Country course since former great Glady's Keitany won the individual title in 2000. In 2003, former distance great Mary Kinyanjui placed fourth among 19 women's teams competing in the 5K race.
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On the women's side, TCU used a first-place outing at the UTA Season Opener to sky rocket into the rankings this week, coming into the weekend at No. 9 in the South Central Region. The ninth-place ranking is the highest ranking on the women's side since opening the 2009 season at No. 8 overall.
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De La Garza won the men's four-mile race at the UTA Season Opener with a time of 20:16.93. The Mercedes native helped the No. 10 regionally ranked Horned Frogs earn runner-up accolades with 62 points.
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Kemboi, a Kenya native, followed up her season-opening third-place showing at the Bear Twilight Invitational, bringing home first-place accolades on Saturday with a two-mile time of 11:07.29. On the men's side, De La Garza made his first outing in a TCU uniform a memorable one, winning the men's four-mile race at Vandergriff Park with a time of 20:16.93.
Overall, TCU captured the women's team title on Saturday with 32 points, finishing ahead of SMU, UTA, Baylor and North Texas. The win for the Horned Frogs was the first women's team title since winning the North Texas Opener in 2008. On the men's side, the Frogs earned runner-up accolades with 62 points. Baylor won the overall team title with 31 points.