TCU Wins 14 Events In Outdoor Opener
March 18, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up the TCU Invitational in impressive fashion with 14 total event wins as the Horned Frogs concluded the outdoor season opener at the Lowdon Track & Field Complex on Saturday.
"I thought it was the best first meet we have had in a few years," said director of track and field Darryl Anderson. "There were some outstanding performances today. The bar for this team was risen."
In front of a crowd of 1,758 people, the men's 4x100-meter relay team of senior Raymond Bozmans, junior Emeilo Ferguson, sophomore Darrion Flowers and junior Jalen Miller started the day with a first-place finish at 39.89. Their effort set the tone for the rest of the day as TCU went on to win eight out of the next 12 events.
Brenley Goertzen continued to have a dominating sophomore season. The Woodbury, Minn. native cruised to a 4:27.36 finish in the 1500 meters, placing first and winning by more than 11 seconds. Her time moved her to No. 5 on TCU's all-time list.
Sophomore Brittney Trought took home the victory in the women's 100-meter hurdles behind a time of 13.31. Her effort to start the season marks the third-fastest in school history.
TCU swept the top three spots in the men's 400-meter dash. Freshman Derrick Mokaleng led the field at 46.73, while junior Kevin McClanahan placed second at 46.92, and freshman Jostyn Andrews clocked in with a third-place time of 47.15.
Winning events was not enough for the Frogs, though. Six TCU athletes recorded personal bests on the sunny Fort Worth day.
Junior Sabrina Moore produced a personal best in the women's 100-meter dash with a time of 11.40. Her winning effort moved her to No. 4 on TCU's all-time list. Moore also went on to log a personal best time of 23.69 in the 200 meters.
Senior Judy Emeodi also recorded personal bests in the 200 meters and 100 meters as she finished at 23.75 and 11.55, respectively.
Sophomore Lexi Aitken showed out in the 400 hurdles as she logged a personal-best and first-place time of 59.60.
Freshman Isaiah Rogers continued to have a successful first year for TCU. Rogers moved to No. 3 on TCU's all-time list in his first outdoor meet as he won the shot put with a mark of 57 feet 5.75 inches (17.57 meters).
Both Horned Frog relay teams closed out the meet with wins. The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Tiffany Terry, Heard, Aitken and sophomore Jaden Davis recorded a first-place time of 3:40.64. In the men's 4x400, the quartet of sophomore Darrion Flowers, Andrews, McClanahan and Mokaleng produced a time of 3:09.20 to take home first place.
"Overall, it was a great day for us. We were holding back some on the men's side individually, and that will open up as the season progresses, but all in all, it was an outstanding first meet."
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