Mapaya Finishes Third at Indoor Championship
March 10, 2018
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The TCU track and field team wrapped up competition at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday. In a meet that featured world and collegiate records, TCU left College Station with a third-place finisher, a first-team All-American relay, three individual first-team All-Americans, and three second-team All-Americans.
Individually, Mokaleng also earned first-team All-American in the 400m. After finishing seventh in Friday's prelims, Mokaleng finished seventh in the finals with a personal-best 45.68. Seven of the eight finalists set personal bests.
TCU finished No. 17 with 12 points. The University of Florida won the meet with 40 points. The Big 12 had four schools finish in the top 25.
The indoor championship witnessed elite competition throughout the meet, with two world records and six collegiate records. USC's 4x400 relay set the world record, finishing in 3:00.77. The previous record was set earlier this year by Poland at the IAAF Championships, which was 3:01.77.
The Big 12 had a strong presence in the triple jump, qualifying six to the meet. Out of the nine finalists, five came from the Big 12, including TCU's Mapaya and Newton. Only TCU and national champion Florida had more than one jumper qualify for the national meet.
"Everyone who came on this trip earned All-American and that's a major accomplishment for our program. It's funny about Mapaya in that he wasn't even in the country two months ago. For him to come in and finish third says a lot about his ability, upside, and his ceiling moving forward. And then you have Derrick finish seventh in the 400 where almost everyone ran their personal best, it just says a lot about collegiate sprinting right now.
"I was in Birmingham last week for the World Championships, and this meet was a lot better. For us to come here and compete how we did, we have a good track team."
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