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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Fans not able to attend this Saturday's meet at Oklahoma State can follow it by logging onto Results and a full recap will be posted following the conclusion of the men's race.

A Closer Look At TCU's Cowboy Jamboree History
The Horned Frogs have fared well when going to Stillwater, Okla., for the historic meet in recent years. Overall, TCU has had an individual place in the top-10 in the individual standings three out of the past four seasons.

In 2008, Festus Kigen placed sixth overall to lead TCU on the men's side, while Tanja Ivandic crossed the finish line just outside the top-30 at No. 31 for the second-straight season.

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.

Last Year At The Cowboy Jamboree
Agnes Kemboi led the TCU women in the 5K race, crossing the finish line in 42nd-place in her first collegiate outing, while Katie Dalton followed in 99th out of 211 competitors at the OSU Cross Country Course in 2009. Northern Arizona captured the men's team-title, while Texas Tech captured the women's title. The TCU men's and women's cross country teams finished 23rd and 15th overall, respectively

Kigen To Make Cross Country Season Debut
After sitting out the first two meets this fall, senior Festus Kigen will make his long awaited senior debut this weekend in Stillwater. Kigen, who earned runner-up accolades at the 2008 Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships, had a stellar 2010 track and field season in which he earned All-America accolades during the indoor season in the men's 5,000 meters. Overall, the Kenya native, who qualified for two-straight NCAA Cross Country Championships before sitting out last season, will look to become only the second TCU male student-athlete ever to win a conference cross country crown this season.

Horned Frogs Move Up In South Central
After opening the season No. 11, the TCU men's cross country team enters this weekend ranked in the top-10 of the South Central Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The men will head to the Cowboy Jamboree ranked No. 10 in the region.

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.

Purple and White Enjoy Success Early This Fall
In her last outing, Agnes Kemboi posted her highest finish of her career, crossing the finish line in first-place with a two-mile time of 11:07.29 at the UTA Season Opener. The win for both Kemboi and Alex De La Garza on the men's side marked the first time under Winget that the Horned Frogs have claimed both the men's and women's individual titles at a meet. It also marked the first time since 2001 that the Purple and White have recorded first-place finishes on both sides. In 2001, former Frog greats Glady's Keitany and Eliud Njubi placed first overall at the Conference USA Cross Country Championships.

De La Garza Honored By Mountain West Conference
Sophomore Alex De La Garza was honored following the UTA Season Opener as the Mountain West Conference Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week.

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.

TCU Prominent On Mountain West Conference Top-Times List
Agnes Kemboi currently leads the Mountain West Conference this fall in the women's 4K after her third-place season opening performance, while freshman Amanda Throckmorton is ranked second overall in the MWC top-times list. Tricia Terry also sits within the top 5 in the conference, ranking No. 4 overall.

On the men's side, Jeff Pels heads into this weekend as the No. 2 ranked runner in the men's 6K. He is followed by freshman Jake Rossmango, who currently sits No. 4 in the MWC.

Last Time Out
Sophomore's Agnes Kemboi and Alex De La Garza both crossed the finish line in first-place to close a dominating day for the TCU cross country program at the UTA Season Opener.

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.

Up Next
TCU will open the month of October at the Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday, Oct. 16. The men's 10K in Fayetteville, Ark., is scheduled to take place at 9:45 a.m., while the women's 5K will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m.



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