TCU Concludes Big 12 Championships
Feb. 28, 2015
AMES, Iowa - The TCU indoor track and field teams wrapped up action at the Big 12 Indoor Championships on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Lied Recreation-Athletic Facility in Ames.
The men's 60-meter finals came down to a thrilling finish as junior Ronnie Baker placed second by 0.003 seconds. His time of 6.588 is his best since posting a 6.56 in Albuquerque on Jan. 31.
In the men's triple jump, freshman Scotty Newton placed third behind a jump of 15.02m (49-3.50). Sophomore Ryan Finnie tied his personal-best and finished seventh at 14.05m (46-1.25). The duo picked up eight points for the TCU men's team.
"Ronnie Baker and Scotty Newton got second and third in their respective events, that was good," director of track & field Darryl Anderson said. "Ronnie almost pulled out the win in the 60, it was a photo finish between him and the guy from Texas. But he ran under 6.60 again, so that always bodes well."
The Horned Frogs also picked up seven points in the men's 200 meters thanks to junior Sam Watts' and Kolby Listenbee's fifth and sixth place times. Watts finished with a mark of 21.10, while Listenbee clocked in at 21.36.
"Sam and Kolby competed well, getting fifth and sixth in the 200," Anderson said. "The 200 is probably the hardest race to run on that track. It didn't go as well as we anticipated but I thought the guys competed well."
"We didn't run very well off the top of the relay," Anderson said. "We came in with the fastest time in the conference but we got too detached from the field early and then had to fight back in there and we couldn't do it."
Junior Brianna McGhee scored three points for the women's team after finishing sixth in the women's 60 hurdles at 8.46.
The women's 4x400 relay squad placed seventh with a time of 3:47.36. The team consisted of senior Ashle Caldwell and sophomores Tiffany Terry, Makaila Flannigan and Judy Emeodi and was the top time for the Horned Frogs in the event this season.
On March 13, the Horned Frogs will be represented at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
"We have a good contingent of people going to the national meet," Anderson said. We'll have the mile relay, Ronnie in the 60, Sam in the 200 and Echols-Luper in the long jump. So, we'll just re-tool and get ready for NCAA's."
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