Oct. 28, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU cross country program will begin postseason competition this Saturday at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships in Fort Collins, Colo. The meet, which will take place at Collindale Golf Course, will begin at 12 p.m. CT with the women's 6K, while the men's 8K will follow.
Junior Agnes Kemboi holds the top 4K (14:07.0), 5K (17:11.6) and 6K (20:23.3) times in the Mountain West this season and will look to earn her fifth top-5 finish in as many meets Saturday. Through the four regular season events, the Kenya native collected three MW Athlete of the Week honors.
TCU and Mountain West Championship History
TCU's top-finisher on the women's side was in 2006 when former Horned Frog great Calandra Stewart earned runner-up honors in Salt Lake City finishing the 6K in a time of 21:10.99. On the men's side, Festus Kigen posted runner-up honors in 2008 at the MWC Conference Championships in San Diego to earn the highest-finish for a Horned Frog on the men's side in MW history. In 2005, Kip Kangogo turned in a third-place showing to lead the Horned Frogs. As a team, the men have never finished higher then sixth-place, while the women posted a fifth-place finish in 2006.
A Look Back At The 2010 Conference Championships
Festus Kigen placed 12th overall in the men's 8K Friday afternoon to lead TCU at the 2010 Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships. Kigen crossed the finish line in 25:35.0 at Jacoby Golf Course. By placing 12th overall, Kigen, a 2010 All-America honoree and second-team all-conference selection, finished in the top-15 at the conference meet four-straight years. On the women's side, sophomore Agnes Kemboi finished the 6K in 34th-place, while Amanda Throckmorton posted a 41st-place showing out of 72 competitors Friday in Laramie.
Overall, the TCU women recorded a ninth-place finish in the final team standings with 219 points. The Horned Frog men closed the day in sixth-place with 166 points. For a second-straight year, New Mexico claimed both team-titles Friday.
The Last Time Out
The TCU men’s and women’s cross country teams turned in a solid effort at the 23rd running of the Chile Pepper Festival Saturday. Junior Agnes Kemboi paced all Frogs with fifth-place honors in the women’s 6K run. The Eldoret, Kenya native turned in a personal-best time of 20:23.3 to mark the second-fastest time in the Mountain West this fall. Her fifth place finish is the best by a female TCU harrier since Mary Kinyanjui claimed fourth overall in 2004. Overall, the women’s team earned a 17th place finish out of 34 teams, recording 461 points. Texas claimed the title on the women’s side, collecting 85 points. For the men, TCU finished 25th overall in the 10K race, while Oklahoma State captured the team championship. Junior Daniel Ludwig led the men's squad, covering the 10K course in 32:44.7, while freshman Preston Newsome was the second TCU finisher, breaking the finish line in 33:35.7.