Mapaya Finishes Third, TCU Earns All-American Honors

March 10, 2018

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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.

In only his third meet as a Horned Frog, freshman Chengetayi Mapaya jumped 16.38m (53’ 9”) and finished third. Mapaya entered the meet ranked No. 13. Teammate Scotty Newton jumped 16.24m (53’ 3.5”) and finished seventh, earning first-team All-American honors. Newton finished 12th at last year’s indoor championship.

TCU’s 4x400m relay also earned first-team All-American honors. The tandem of Jostyn Andrews, Emmanuel Ogwo, Kevin McClanahan, and Derrick Mokaleng ran 3:05.60 and finished seventh overall.

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.

Each TCU entry earned All-American status during the national meet. In addition to the first-team All-Americans, Jalen Miller and Emeilo Ferguson earned second-team All-American in the men’s 60m, while Newton earned second-team All-American in the long jump.

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.

“This year was probably the best NCAA Championship ever,” head coach Darryl Anderson said. “World records fell, collegiate records were broken, and we finished in the top 20 at 17. That’s a little off where we came in. Coming in at No. 11, I thought we could finish in the top 10, but we left a lot of meat on the bone out there today. I feel good about that with us going outdoors now, because we got this experience this weekend and we’ll add the discus, the hammer, and the 4X1. We’ll be a much better team outside.

“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.”

The Horned Frogs return to action for the outdoor season next Friday at the TCU Invitational, the team’s only home meet of season. The meet is scheduled for March 16-17.



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