Five Horned Frogs Qualify for NCAA Meet
March 4, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas - Five members of the TCU men's track and field team have qualified for four events and will represent the Horned Frogs at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on March 13-14.
The five include: juniors Ronnie Baker (60 meters & 4x400 relay) and Sam Watts (200 meters & 4x400 relay), sophomores Cameron Echols-Luper (long jump) and Raymond Bozmans (4x400 relay) and freshman Kevin McClanahan (4x400 relay).
"We're really excited about our NCAA qualifiers and what they've accomplished to this point and making the NCAA meet," director of track and field Darryl Anderson said. "We really look forward to going and competing against the top teams and top individuals in the country.
"It says a lot of about these guys and their belief in their ability to be able to compete at such a high level this indoor season despite the circumstances that we've had to deal with from a weather standpoint."
Baker, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, holds the sixth-best time in the 60 meters this season at 6.56 seconds, a personal-best. His mark was set in Albuquerque on Jan. 31 and is the second-fastest time in program history. A five-time All-America honoree, Baker will be competing in his second indoor championships. Last year, he helped lead the 4x400 relay to an 11th place finish.
Watts, from London, England, ranks fifth in NCAA competition this season in the 200 meters. On Jan. 31, Watts posted a time of 20.69, which was the world's leading mark at that point in the season and ranks second in the TCU indoor record books. Watts, a three-time All-America award winner, will also take part in his second NCAA Indoor Championships. He was also a member of the 4x400 relay team last year.
Baker and Watts also qualified for the 4x400 relay with Bozmans and McClanahan. The quartet recorded their top time of the season on the same track that they'll compete on for the Championships, a mark of 3:06.05. It's the fifth-best time tallied this season in the event and ranks third in program history. It'll be the first indoor championships event for the All-American Bozmans and McClanahan.
Echols-Luper, the Big 12 long jump champion, rounds out the qualifiers for the Horned Frogs. The Auburn, Alabama, native and All-America honoree has the 12th best mark among those who advanced to the NCAA Indoor Championships. His jump of 7.72m (25-4), set in Fayetteville, was a personal-best. He is the first indoor long jump champ for the TCU men since 2004.
Action from the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, begins March 13 and will be stream live on ESPN3 each day beginning at 6 p.m.
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