Jan. 19, 2018
LUBBOCK, Texas – The TCU track and field team competed at the Red Raider Invitational hosted by No. 10 Texas Tech on Friday. On a day with event wins and personal bests, sophomore Derrick Mokaleng’s career day highlighted the meet for TCU.
HISTORY FOR MOKALENG
Mokaleng ran the second fastest 600 yard time in collegiate history, finishing in 1:08.18. Texas Tech’s Vincent Crisp narrowly edged out Mokaleng in the race and set the new record, finishing in 1:08.16. The previous NCAA record was set by Arkansas’ Roddie Haley in 1987 (1:08.26). Jostyn Andrews and Kevin McClanahan finished third and fourth with marks of 1:10.15 and 1:10.70 respectively.
Continuing his career day, Mokaleng came up clutch in the final leg of the men’s 4X400 relay, coming from behind to pass Tech’s Divine Oduduru in the final stretch. The team, consisting of McClanahan, Emmanuel Ogwo, and Andrews, finished in 3:08.40.
In the men’s 60m, Jalen Miller and Emeilo Ferguson both won their heats to advance to the finals. In the finals, Miller ran a 6.66 mark to finish first with Ferguson finishing third. Miller’s final time is the fasted in the Big 12 so far this season, while Ferguson’s prelim time ranks third (6.71).
Darrion Flowers set a new indoor personal best in the 200m, finishing in 21.12. Flowers ranks third in the Big 12. His previous personal was 21.41 from last season’s Big 12 Indoor Championships.
EASY AS 1-2-3
In the men’s weight throw, Isaiah Rogers, Justin Sanchez, and Ryan Camp all threw over 60 feet for the second time in as many meets this season and were the only ones to do on Friday. Rogers led the way with a throw of 61’ 11” (18.87m), with Camp following at 61’9.5” (18.83m), and Sanchez rounding out the top three at 61’ 4” (18.69m).
In the women’s shot put, Leilyn Miles finished second with a throw of 47’ 5.75” (14.47m).
Making her track debut, freshman distance runner Evelyn Mandel finished second in the mile with a mark of 5:04.80. Nicole Hicks also finished second in the 3000m with a mark of 10:23.22, sixth fastest so far in the Big 12.
ALL AMERICAN RETURNS
After competing in the long jump at the Reveille Invitational in December, triple jump All-American Scotty Newton returned to his top event, finishing second with a 51’ 7” jump (15.72m).
“We basically got to knock the rust off,” head coach Darryl Anderson said. “We had some good performances on both sides. The men’s 600 was outstanding. For Derrick to come out and run 1:08, that’s phenomenal. The other two guys went 1:10 which is right on pace for what they ran last year. Then, with Jalen running a 6.66 in the 60 and Emeilo finishing third, I feel really good about all of those guys. The weight guys competed really well coming out of break and taking the top three spots. Scotty knocked some rust off in the triple jump going 51’7”. On the women’s side, Evelyn looked very competitive in the mile. Leilyn threw 47’5” in the shot when she has spent the whole week trying to get her back set in order to even compete. All in all, we have a lot of work to do, but today showed that we did a little bit over the break.”
The Horned Frogs travel to Albuquerque, NM, on Saturday, Jan. 27, for the New Mexico Team Invitational.