March 25, 2015
Meet Notes | Meet Schedule
"It's Texas Relays. This is one where everybody knows it's a high level competition. Let the fun begin." - TCU Director of track and field Darryl Anderson
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU track and field teams travel south to Austin for the 88th Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays from Thursday, March 26 to Saturday, March 28, at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
The Horned Frogs will compete over three days in Austin. TCU will begin Thursday at 12:30 with the hammer throw, with running events beginning later in the evening. Here is a link to the full meet schedule - http://bit.ly/TexasRelaysSchedule.
Follow The Frogs
To keep track of the meet live, follow the Horned Frogs on Twitter at @TCUTrackField. Video coverage of the Texas Relays events will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network at the times listed below:
Thursday - 4:30-6 p.m. (tape delay); 6-9 p.m.
Friday - 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m.
Saturday - 1-5 p.m.
Live results can be accessed at this link - http://branchsportstech.com/TexasRelays/
A full recap from the invitational will be posted to GoFrogs.com following the end of competition each day.
With over 7,000 entries in this year's meet, a high-level of competition will take place in Austin at the Texas Relays. Along with numerous other universities, seven Big 12 schools will take part in this year's meet. The Texas Relays is the same venue that the Horned Frogs will look to return to for the NCAA West Preliminaries held from May 28-30.
Quotables from Director of Track & Field Darryl Anderson
On the Texas Relays
"It's one of my favorite regular season meets outside of the postseason meets like conference, regionals or nationals. There's an outstanding crowd base there, a high level of performance, a lot of top 20 teams, it's a very exciting meet."
On the focus this weekend
"We're going to really focus on relays this weekend with the 4x100 and 4x400. We're going to put it out there, see what we look like and how we fare in the early outdoor season against the really good teams who are going to compete. The key for this meet will be to make finals and get the work in. Obviously, because it's a meet that's so early in the season, we use it as a training tool, but at the same time it's also such a high-level meet. It's a great opportunity to get your regional qualifying marks out the way and be done with all of that stuff.
"On the guys' side, we'll focus on the 4x100 and the 4x400. Ronnie Baker got accepted into the 100 invitational, so that'll be a great opportunity for him to mix it up with those guys at a high level. We're going to focus in on the long jump with Ramone Bailey and triple jump with Scotty Newton. Lavon Collins will compete in the 400 hurdles and we'll get Joshua Washington on the 4x4, they didn't compete indoors.
"On the women's side, we're just continually trying to get better. We're going to put a 4x100 out there that competed well last weekend in the rain, so they're going to get to go again this weekend against a much-higher quality field and see how we can fare there. Brianna McGhee and Makaila Flannigan, who had respectable indoor seasons, will have an opportunity to compete at a high level in the prelims and hopefully the finals of the 100-meter hurdles. Iphona-Clemence Paiement will run the 100, we'll run a distance medley relay with our distance girls, Tiffany Terry will go and Arin Rice will get a chance to run in the 1500 meters. It's a great opportunity this weekend for a team that is basically just starting the outdoor journey."
On the atmosphere
"It's Texas Relays. This is one where everybody knows it's a high level competition. Let the fun begin. All of the kids on the team know, and if you don't know, when you walk into the stadium, you kind of figure it out. The vibe of the meet, you figure out that this is pretty big, especially Saturday. Saturday for all of the finals, it gets loud in there and it feels like there are 20-30,000 people in there. It'll be a great experience for our kids and a stepping-stone for our team."
Join The Club
TCU's rich history in the sprints division has produced seven athletes to have posted a time under 10 seconds in the 100-meter dash, the most of any university. The Horned Frogs look to bolster their lead on the rest of the pack this season behind student-athletes such as 2015 NCAA 60-meter Champion Ronnie Baker (10.14) and sophomores Kolby Listenbee (10.12) and Raymond Bozmans (10.42).
Last Time Out
The Horned Frogs opened the 2015 outdoor campaign with a rainy TCU Invitational, where they posted four first-place marks over the two-day meet. Sophomore Paola Miranda recorded the top score in the women's hammer throw behind a school-record toss of 59.39m (194-10) on the first day of competition. The women's 4x100 team of sophomore Iphona-Clemence Paiement, freshman Briona Oliver and sophomores Tiffany Terry and Judy Emeodi opened a rainy Friday with a victory behind a time of 45.67 seconds. Senior Lavon Collins claimed the top time in the men's 400 hurdles, clocking in at 52.92 and freshman Scotty Newton won the men's long jump with a mark of 6.87m (22-6.5).
Etched In History
Miranda is the latest Horned Frog to rewrite the TCU record books, crushing the previous best in the women's hammer throw by over 18 feet. Her toss of 59.39m (194-10) topped Kelsey Samuels' mark set in 2013 53.85m (176-8) and earned her first at the TCU Invitational on March 19.
Ronnie Baker set the standard on the biggest state of the indoor season, at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the men's 60 meters with a time of 6.52 seconds. His NCAA championship time broke Kim Collins' record set on March 10, 2000, also in Fayetteville.
The first school record to fall in 2015 came in the women's distance medley relay at the Tyson Invitational. The team of Bailey Sullivan, Tiffany Terry, Anna Cozart and Arin Rice (three freshman and a sophomore), paced to a time of 11:42.32, almost eight seconds faster than the previous record set in 2001.
At the NCAA Indoor Championships, junior Ronnie Baker brought home the 60 meters crown behind a time of 6.52 seconds. It was the fourth consecutive year the program has registered an individual national championship and is the seventh under director of TCU track and field Darryl Anderson. It was the 20th national title in program history and is the second in the 60 meters, the other coming from Kim Collins in 2001.
The 2015 indoor season saw a national title, a Big 12 championship, seven All-America honors, two school records and a time that was the world-leading mark for a period of time. The Horned Frogs qualified four men's events for the NCAA Indoor Championships, sending six competitors to represent TCU. All six scored in the event and racked up First Team All-America accolades. The honorees include Baker (60 meters and 4x400 Relay), junior Sam Watts (200 Meters), sophomores Raymond Bozmans (4x400 Relay), Cameron Echols-Luper (long jump) and Kolby Listenbee (4x400 Relay) and freshman Kevin McClanahan (4x400 Relay).
Big 12 Honors
The men's team has earned Big 12 Athletes of the Week honors twice this season.
This week, the 4x400 relay team garnered the conference award after posting a time of 3:06.05 in their win at the Arkansas Open. The team of McClanahan, Bozmans, Watts and Baker moved into the No. 3 slot in the program's record books with the time. Watts (third leg) and Baker (anchor) posted the two fastest splits at 46.18 and 45.29, respectively.
On Feb. 4, junior Sam Watts received the Big 12 Male Co-Athletes of the Week award after his performance at the New Mexico Team Invitational in Albuquerque. At the meet, he recorded a time of 20.69 for a first-place finish in the 200 meters for the world's fastest mark in 2015 at that point in the season. He also put up a time of 6.84 in the 60 meters, which was a personal-record. It's the first time he's earned the accolade in his young career.