Rogers Earns Silver At Big 12 Championship
May 13, 2017
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Freshman Isaiah Rogers was crowned runner-up in the shot put at the 2017 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Rock Chalk Park on Saturday.
Rogers eclipsed his personal best three times throughout the event, eventually settling on an impressive mark of 60 feet 5.75 inches (18.43 meters). Rogers' effort marked the first time a Horned Frog broke the 60-foot barrier since school-record holder Jordan Reynolds in 1992.
The Smyrna, Ga., native moved into second place after his first attempt at 17.87 meters and never looked back. Rogers knew he had more, though. He let it fly on his final two attempts, producing distances of 18.28 meters and 18.43 meters en route to his silver medal placing.
"Isaiah is a great competitor, and today he brought everything to the table," associate head coach John Kenneson said. "He is one of the very few freshmen that will crack the 60-foot barrier, so we're very excited for him. I'm really proud of how hard he has worked this year to put it all together at the right time."
Also placing for the men's squad was junior Scotty Newton, who only needed one attempt to secure a seventh-place finish in the long jump. Newton passed on his remaining five attempts after logging a distance of 24 feet 7.75 inches (7.51 meters) on his first jump.
In the women's long jump, junior Briona Oliver earned an eighth-place mark of 20 feet 2.5 inches (6.16 meters) as she surpassed 20 feet for the second time this season. Oliver went on to also qualify for the 100-meter dash finals with the fastest any-condition time of her career at 11.57 (w+2.7). Oliver heads into Sunday's final seeded sixth.
Right ahead of Oliver in the 100 meters was junior Sabrina Moore, who automatically qualified for finals with a second-place finish in the first heat at 11.38 (w+3.0).
The Frogs will be strongly represented in the men's 100-meter dash finals as well. Junior Jalen Miller qualified as he won the second heat with a time of 10.19 (w+2.7), while junior Emeilo Ferguson surged to a 10.20 (w+4.0) qualifying finish in his heat. Miller and Ferguson head into finals seeded No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.
Sophomore Brittney Trought moved to No. 2 on TCU's all-time list with a 13.16 (w+2.1) finish in the 100-meter hurdles. Not skipping a beat in the month since her last competition, Trought's performance was good for a win in the first heat and a 0.15-second improvement on her previous season best set in the outdoor season opener. Saturday marked her first competition since April 8 in Tucson, Ariz., at the Jim Click Shootout.
Sophomore Lexi Aitken will join Trought in the 100-meter hurdle finals. The Clinton, Ontario, native secured the eighth seed with a time of 13.61 (w+3.4), qualifying on time. Aitken will also compete in the 400-meter hurdle finals on Saturday. Aitken logged a time of 59.09 and will head into finals seeded fourth.
Rounding out a productive day for the Frogs was freshman Derrick Mokaleng, who earned a spot in the 400-meter finals with a time of 46.81. Mokaleng placed second in the second heat and qualified on time. Mokaleng's time was the fifth fastest produced, and he will be the only freshman competing in the finals.
Overall, TCU had seven athletes qualify for finals. The Frogs will pick things back up with the start of the 4x100-meter relay at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
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