Echols-Luper Punches Ticket to Eugene

May 28, 2015

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AUSTIN, Texas -- TCU track and field punched its first ticket to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, thanks to sophomore Cameron Echols-Luper's solid performance in the men's long jump on Thursday at the NCAA West Prelims.

The sophomore secured his spot at the NCAA Championships after recording a third-place finish in the men's long jump. After fouling his first jump, he notched a distance of 7.76m (25-5.25) on his second attempt, which put him in ninth among the competitive field.

His final jump of the day would seal the deal as he catapulted himself into a third-place mark at 7.96m (26-1.25). The distance was not only a new personal-best for the Auburn, Alabama, native, but also tied the school record set by Aundre Edwards in 2004.

"On the positive side, Cameron Echols-Luper had a personal-best, finally jumping 26 feet in the long jump and he moves through to Eugene," TCU director of track and field Darryl Anderson. "Obviously, if he can do that in Eugene, then he's going to be a player in the event. We feel good about that."

Senior Ramone Bailey just missed the cut, placing 15th with a mark of 7.70m (25-3.25).

In the 100-meter dash, sophomore Kolby Listenbee automatically qualified for the quarterfinal after finishing third in his individual heat. He clocked in at a wind-aided (+2.7 m/s) time of 10.17 seconds, sitting at No. 15 heading into tomorrow's race, which is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.

Junior Ronnie Baker was disqualified from the 100 meters after a false start.

"The big thing that happened today was one of the 100-meter favorites false-started," Anderson said. "It's just as disappointing as it is for him as it is for us as a team, but at the end of the day, sometimes things work in mysterious ways.

"It's an occupational hazard if you're in that event. Usain Bolt false started in the Olympic games. You just move on. He has two relays to run on Saturday and we'll take care of business in the relays.

"And the one cliché you hear in sports all the time is next man up. Kolby made it to the next round tomorrow, so he'll come out, try to punch his ticket to Eugene and try to fill that void and go from there."

Also advancing to tomorrow's quarterfinals was sophomore Tiffany Terry in the women's 400-meter dash. Running in the first heat of the prelims, Terry posted a time of 53.88 to finish fourth in her race and 18th overall to move on.

"On the women's side, Tiffany Terry advanced in the 400, so that was definitely a plus," Anderson said.

Terry is slated to compete in the quarterfinal at 6 p.m. on Friday.

On the men's side, Joshua Washington placed fourth in his heat at 47.26, missing the cut by 0.13 seconds.

In the women's hammer throw, sophomore Paola Miranda finished 28th behind a distance of 57.43m (188-5), coming on her second throw of the day.

Senior Lavon Collins picked up a sixth-place finish in his individual heat of the men's 400 hurdles. His time of 52.42 put him at No. 29 overall in the event.

In the women's 100-meter dash, sophomore Iphona-Clemence Paiement recorded her second-fastest time of the season behind a wind-aided mark of 11.60 seconds.

Along with the men's 100 and women's 400-meter races, the Horned Frogs will also compete in the women's 100 hurdles (5 p.m.) and men's 200 meters (8:25 p.m.).

"We have Sam tomorrow in the 200 on the men's side. He has to step up and do some things and the relays become more vital now to what we're trying to do when we get to Eugene. So that's very important to that we take care of business on Saturday.

"On the women's side, we have Brianna in the 100 hurdles, so that we'll go off tomorrow and we'll be okay. This team is resilient from top to bottom and we'll just move forward."



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