Goertzen Crowned Big 12 Champion

Feb. 24, 2017

AMES, Iowa - Brenley Goertzen was crowned the Big 12 champion in the 5,000-meters after a record breaking performance at the 2017 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championship in Ames, Iowa, on Friday.

Goertzen found herself in second place for most of the race, but she kept her composure and remained at a steady pace down the stretch. Goertzen caught Baylor's Maggie Montoya with five laps remaining and never looked back. The Woodbury, Minn. native ended up cruising to a comfortable victory in a school record time of 16:02.80.

"Brenley really ran well and ran away from the field in the second half of the race," said director of track field Darryl Anderson. "It was outstanding. It's been awhile since we had a distance runner running as well as she has, and she's only a sophomore. We're excited with the way she has developed and the way she takes care of herself."

Goertzen's time topped Mary Kinyanjui's (2004) previous record time of 16:23.55 by over 20 seconds. Her time also ranks 22nd in the nation.

Adding to Goertzen's 10 points for the women's squad was Nafissatou Boixel and Briona Oliver in the long jump. Boixel placed seventh in the event with a distance of 19 feet 9.5 inches (6.03 meters). Oliver followed in eighth place with a mark of 19 feet 6 inches (5.94 meters).

"I thought the long jumpers competed well. We've got to do a better job of getting on the board, but to have two girls score is good."

Overall, the women's team garnered 14 points and are in seventh place in the team standings.

"We're making the progress we need to make. Obviously we have to continue to get better, but I thought our women competed well today."

To start out the meet, senior Makaila Flannigan competed her way through the pentathlon, garnering a fifth-place finish with a school-record 3,744 points. Her most notable performance through the events came with a second-place mark in the long jump at 18 feet 10.5 inches.

On the men's side, sophomore Lebogang Maloka put the Horned Frogs on the board with a seventh-place mark of 23 feet 6.25 inches (7.17 meters) in the long jump. Junior Scotty Newton followed that up with an eighth-place finish at 23 feet 4 inches (7.11 meters).

Sophomore Justin Sanchez added a point for the men's team with an eighth-place distance of 59 feet (17.98 meters) in the weight throw.

Throughout the prelims, eight TCU athletes qualified for Saturday's finals.

Sophomore Brittney Trought posted a season-best time of 8.32 in the 60-meter hurdles en route to a fifth-place finish in the prelims, earning an automatic berth in the finals.

In the men's 60-meter dash, juniors Emeilo Ferguson and Jalen Miller both qualified for finals with times of 6.73 and 6.76, respectively.

Senior Tiffany Terry blazed to a 1:20.05 finish in the 600-yard run, moving on the finals with the second-fastest prelim time.

Sophomore Derrick Mokaleng and junior Kevin McClanahan both earned a spot in the 600-yard finals as they posted times of 1:09.65 and 1:10.13. Mokaleng's time was the second-fastest overall, while McClanahan recorded the fourth-fastest time in the prelims.

Sophomore Kayla Heard recorded a 54-second time in the 400 meters as she cruised to first-place finish in the first heat and automatic spot in the finals.

Lastly, sophomore Darrion Flowers logged a time of 21.41 in the 200 meters and held on the eighth spot in tomorrow's finals.

"At the end of the day, we just want to see improvement and continue to get better. It was a good day. We had quite a few people that did well."

TCU will return to the Lied Recreation Center at 12 p.m. on Saturday for the last day of the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championship.



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