Feb. 24, 2018
AMES, Iowa – The TCU track and field teams wrapped up competition at the Big 12 Championships on Saturday, where the men’s team earn its highest finish since joining the Big 12. Led by a pair of conference titles in the triple jump and 4X400m relay, TCU finished fourth with 74 points.
All-American Scotty Newton had a historic day for the Horned Frogs. On his sixth and final attempt of the day, Newton jumped 16.63m (54’ 6.75”), the new top national mark. His jump shattered the school (16.32m) and conference meet (16.49m) records.
In only his second meet for the Horned Frogs, Chengetayi Mapaya jumped 16.11m (52’ 10.25”) and finished third in the triple jump. The Africa Junior record holder has passed the 16m mark in both meets this season.
TCU’s men’s 4x400 relay came in the favorites to win the Big 12 with a season-best mark of 3:04.25. Jostyn Andrews, Emmanuel Ogwo, Kevin McClanahan, and Derrick Mokaleng played the role of the favorite well, winning the title with a 3:07.75 mark.
In addition to the 4X400 relay, all four athletes scored for TCU individually. In the 400m, Mokaleng took home silver, while Ogwo finished sixth. Andrews and McClanahan finished fourth and fifth respectively in the 600y finals.
FINDING THEIR WAY TO THE PODIUM
Emeilo Ferguson and Jalen Miller finished fourth and fifth in the 60m, finishing in 6.70 and 6.75 respectively. Their season-best marks of 6.60 rank No. 12 in the nation, setting them up for the national meet in two weeks.
Sophomore thrower Isaiah Rogers earned points in his second on Saturday. After finishing fifth in Friday’s weight throw, Rogers finished sixth in the shot put, throwing 17.50m (57’ 5’).
After finishing second in her heat in Friday’s prelims, freshman Hope Glenn finished fifth in Saturday’s 60m final with a 7.51 mark.
Renee Payne also scored for TCU, finishing eighth in the 800m with a 2:21.70 mark.
“Anytime you finish top four in the Big 12, you had a good meet,” head coach Darryl Anderson said. “We have a pretty good team and hopefully in two weeks we can go to the national meet and really do some things. Speaking to this meet, we had a lot of good things happen. Scotty Newton did yeoman’s work this weekend. For him to get third in the long jump at 26 feet and turn around and jump over 54 feet today, he had a phenomenal weekend. Then we had Derrick get second in the quarter, Emmanuel got sixth in the quarter, the 600 guys ran well, and the weight throwers competed well. We just have a really good group of guys and I feel good about what they accomplished this weekend. Hopefully, in May, we can finish higher in this meet. We’re going to add some events we’re good at, like the hammer, the discus, and the 4X1, but we have a long way to go until then. We just have to relish in what we accomplished this weekend and keep moving forward. On the women’s side, it’s going to be a process of getting the team where it needs to be, but I know we’re going to get them there. We had a couple of freshmen who scored individually today, we had a long jumper who just got here six weeks ago that scored, and we have a class coming in that we’re recruiting. We’re going to continue to get better and it’s going to be a process.”
For Horned Frogs ranked in the top 16 of their events, the NCAA Indoor National Championship is up next. That meet is scheduled for March 9-10 in College Station, Texas. For the rest of the team, the TCU Invitational is up next. That meet is scheduled for March 16-17.