Horned Frogs ready for Cross Country Championships

Freshman Tanja Ivandic

Freshman Tanja Ivandic

Oct. 26, 2007

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU cross country programs will travel to the Mountain West Conference Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., this weekend after fires around San Diego forced the event to relocate. Start time for the men's race will be 10 a.m. (MT) on Saturday, while the women will run at 11 a.m. (MT). Both races will be run at the University of New Mexico North Golf Course.

"We are looking for Festus and Matt to have a strong outing in Albuquerque against some really solid competition," said distance coach Shawn Winget.

The field at the MWC Championships will consist of: Air Force, Colorado State, Brigham Young, University of New Mexico, San Diego State, TCU, UNLV, and the Wyoming.

On the women's side, BYU is currently ranked No. 17 in the nation, while Colorado State comes into this weekend at No. 12. The BYU men will bring a No. 26 national ranking into Albuquerque.

At the 2006 championships, the TCU men's team finished sixth, while the women finished fifth. The men were led by Festus Kigen, who placed 13th with a time of 25:16.3. Leading the women was Calandra Stewart, who finished second with a time of 21:10.9.

Scouting TCU
The women's team comes into this weekend having finished 26th overall at the Chile Pepper Festival on Oct. 13.

Leading the way for the Horned Frogs in Arkansas was freshman Tanja Ivandic and Dani Selner. Ivandic ran 23:17.4 at Fayetteville, while Selner crossed the finish line in a time of 23:26.3.

On the men's side, Festus Kigen continues to pace the Horned Frogs this fall after placing 10th overall at the Chile Pepper. Kigen and senior Matt Manly, who placed 46th overall, have finished first and second, respectively in each of the Horned Frogs meets this fall.

Last Time Out (Kigen leads runners at Chile Pepper Festival)
Festus Kigen placed 10th overall to lead the TCU men's and women's cross country program at the 19th annual Chile Pepper Festival on Oct. 13.

 

 

Overall, the TCU men placed 22nd out of 32 squads with 557 points, while the women accumulated 692 points to place 26th overall in the final regular season meet.

Leading the Horned Frogs individually was Kigen, who paced TCU for the fifth-straight meet with a time of 30:14.5 to finish in the top-10 for the second-consecutive meet.

Senior Matt Manly followed Kigen by posting a time of 31:51.4 to place 46th overall, while Jacob Womeldorf crossed the finish line in 150th with a time of 34:40.5

Host school Arkansas won the men's event with a team score of 47, while Abilene Christian followed in second with 74 team points.

On the women's side, Tanja Ivandic paced a pack of runners, clocking a time of 23:17.4 to finish 101st overall.

Danielle Selner finished second overall for TCU, running 23:26.3 to finish in 112th overall. Also competing for TCU were Ashley Young and Ashley Millerick, who finished with a time of 24:10.5 and 24:28.7, respectively.

Texas Tech was crowned team champion on the women's side with 83 total points, while host school Arkansas collected runner-up honors with 87 total points.

Coaches Speak
Following the Chile Pepper, distance coach Shawn Winget spoke about his squad.

"The women continue to get better. They just need to keep improving week by week and separate themselves a little bit," said Winget.

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

The Right Combination
Sophomore Festus Kigen and freshman Tanja Ivandic have both had stellar cross country season's entering this weekend. Overall, Ivandic and Kigen have finished first overall on their respective sides in every meet this fall.

Next Opponent
Members of the TCU program will travel back to Fayetteville, Ark., on Nov. 10 for the NCAA South Central Regional Championships.


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