May 21, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas – Thirteen individuals and two relays from the TCU track and field teams qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries set for May 28-30 in Austin, it was announced today.
“It’s a fun time of the season,” TCU director of track and field Darryl Anderson said. “We like running in Austin. Obviously, we have to go in there and execute, but we feel pretty good about ourselves going into the regionals.
“On the men’s side, we anticipate everybody who is going will get out and make it in the top 12 and advance to Eugene, Oregon. We’re excited about that. On the women’s side, we’re excited about the possibilities for those who are going to see if they can make it to Eugene. It’s an exciting time. The regional meet is a great meet, a very competitive meet and it takes it all to a different level.”
Below are the competitors who will represent TCU at the meet thanks to their performances this season:
Men’s 100-Meter Dash
Ronnie Baker – the Louisville, Kentucky, native has been put together an incredible junior campaign in the 100 meters. The seven-time All-American has improved his time in each of the last four races, setting personal-bests in three of those four. Last weekend at the Big 12 Championships, he claimed the top time among qualifiers in the prelims behind a wind-legal PR of 10.05. In the finals, he posted a wind-aided mark of 9.99, becoming the eighth TCU sprinter to break the 10-second barrier under any condition during their career, the most of any university. His mark of 10.05 is tied for the fifth-best in school history among legal marks with two-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Frater. His wind-aided mark of 9.99 is the third-best time at TCU under any conditions. The 2015 NCAA Indoor 60-meter dash champion comes into the preliminaries with the sixth-best time in the 100-meter dash this season in the West region.
Kolby Listenbee – the sophomore from Arlington joins Baker in the 100 meters. At the Big 12 Championships, he set a new PR at 10.16 in the prelims and went on to finish fifth overall in the event. He’s improved his mark by a tenth of a second at each of the last three meets beginning with the Tom Jones Memorial (10.37), then the Horned Frog Invitational (10.27) and last week at the conference meet (10.16). He ranks 13th on the West list.
Women’s 100-Meter Dash
Iphona-Clemence Paiement – Paiement, a sophomore from Montreal, Canada, led the team this season in the event. At the Horned Frog Invitational on May 2, she posted a new PR in the event at 11.59 seconds.
Men’s 200-Meter Dash
Sam Watts – a junior from London, England, Watts set a seasonal-best last weekend at the Big 12 Championships. In the prelims, he notched a time of 20.68 and recorded a fifth-place finish in the finals of the event. During the indoor season, he grabbed an eighth-place time at the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, garnering First Team All-America accolades.
Men’s 400-Meter Dash
Joshua Washington – the senior from Crowley, Texas, leads the team this season in the 400 meters. At the Wes Kittley Invitational, he recorded a personal-best of 46.28 in the event, ranking him at No. 15 in the West. Last weekend at the Big 12 Championships, he finished seventh in the event.
Women’s 400-Meter Dash
Tiffany Terry – a sophomore from League City, Texas, Terry also posted a seventh-place mark at the Big 12 Championships last weekend. Her top mark in the event this season came at the Michael Johnson Classic at a time of 53.61 seconds.
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles
Brianna McGhee – from Omaha, Nebraska, the junior tallied a fifth-place finish at the Big 12 Championships last weekend. In the prelims, she notched a new wind-legal PR of 13.35 and followed it up with a wind-aided best of 13.25 in the finals. She ranks second all-time in the event in the TCU record books and her time put her at No. 12 among West regional competitors.
Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles
Lavon Collins – a senior from Houston, Texas, Collins recorded a fifth-place time at the Big 12 Championships last weekend in Ames. His top time this season came at the Michael Johnson Classic behind a mark of 51.61 seconds. He ranks sixth in school history in the event.
Men’s 4x100 Relay
The Horned Frogs rank fourth among qualifying times in the men’s 4x100 relay. The team of Cameron Echols-Luper, Ramone Bailey, Ronnie Baker and Kolby Listenbee recorded the time of 39.18 at the Horned Frog Invitational. At the Big 12 Championships, the quartet of Bailey, Sam Watts, Baker and Listenbee won the conference crown behind a time of 39.28 seconds. It was the ninth time in the last 10 years that the Horned Frogs have won the event at their respective conference championship meet.
Men’s 4x400 Relay
The men’s 4x400 relay sits at No. 5 among teams that qualified for the West region. At the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational, the team of Lavon Collins, Joshua Washington, Kevin McClanahan and Ronnie Baker set the time of 3:05.40. Last weekend at the Big 12 Championships, the same team finished second in a tight race that saw Baker post the fastest split of any competitor of 44.98. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, the Horned Frogs put together a fifth-place finish that had Kolby Listenbee (third) and Baker (anchor) post the fastest splits for their respective legs at 46.66 and 45.49, respectively.
Men’s Long Jump
Ramone Bailey – the Kingston, Jamaica, native led the team in the men’s long jump this season. At his final home meet of his TCU career, he set a personal-best with a mark of 7.80m (25-7.25). His distance ranks him as the eighth-best on the West list and is tied for third in program history. Last weekend at the Big 12 Championships, he finished second overall.
Cameron Echols-Luper – a sophomore from Auburn, Alabama, joins Bailey in the long jump. The 2015 Big 12 Indoor Champion in the event hit a seasonal-best distance of 7.73m (25-4.5) at the Horned Frog Invitational. During the NCAA Indoor Championships, he finished fifth overall to earn First Team All-America honors. He placed fourth last weekend at the Big 12 Championships in the event.
Women’s Long Jump
Anna Robinson – from Desoto, Texas, qualified for the women’s long jump. At the Horned Frog Invitational, the sophomore notched a personal-best with a distance of 5.97m (19-7). The jump put her tied for seventh in the outdoor TCU record books.
Men’s Triple Jump
Scotty Newton – a freshman from Bakersfield, California, Newton solidified his spot in the prelims with a strong performance at the Big 12 Championships last weekend. He recorded a fourth-place finish in Ames behind a mark of 15.37m (50-5.25). He sits at No. 7 in the TCU outdoor record books.
Women’s Hammer Throw
Paola Miranda – the sophomore from Asuncion, Paraguay, qualified for the women’s hammer throw event. Miranda set the school record in the hammer throw at the TCU Invitational with a distance of 59.39m (194-10). At the Big 12 Championships, she placed fifth overall.