TCU Welcomes Nationally-Ranked Teams Saturday

April 11, 2017

Meet Schedule | Live Results

The TCU track and field team will host No. 1 Florida, No. 10 Texas Tech, Arizona, Northern Illinois and Oklahoma State at the Horned Frogs Invitational on Saturday, April 15 in Fort Worth.

“We’re very excited to host some great programs,” director of track and field Darryl Anderson said. “It should shape up to be an outstanding competition and one of the best meets in the country this week.”

Action at the Lowdon Track & Field Complex will begin at 9 a.m. with the discus. Running events are set to start at 3 p.m. Live results will be available via Flash Results Texas.

Star Talent
Between the six schools competing this weekend, a total of 70 athletes currently rank in the NCAA top-25 this year.

Frogs On Top
The Frogs currently hold eight top-25 spots in the NCAA.

* TCU’s 4x100 relay squad of Raymond Bozmans, junior Emeilo Ferguson, sophomore Darrion Flowers and junior Jalen Miller hold the NCAA’s eighth-fastest time this season at 39.32.
* Sophomore Brenley Goertzen ranks ninth in the NCAA after running a school-record 5,000-meter time of 15:51.78 at the Stanford Invitational.
* Junior Scotty Newton ranks 14th in the country in the long jump with a mark of 25 feet 1.75 inches (7.66m).
* Freshman Derrick Mokaleng ranks 16th in the nation in the 400 meters at 46.19 after setting a personal best by .54 seconds last week.
* Junior Sabrina Moore holds the NCAA’s No. 18 time in the 100 meters at 11.40.
* Sophomore Brittney Trought ranks 21st in the country in the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.31.
* Sophomore Kayla Heard ran the nation’s 22nd-fastest time in the 400 meters at 53.23 at the TCU Invitational in March.
* The 4x400 relay quartet of junior Kevin McClanahan, freshman Jostyn Andrews, freshman Ryan Champlin and Mokaleng rank 24th in the nation at 3:07.48.

The Competition
The Florida men’s team entered the week ranked No. 1 in the NCAA. The Gators returned six athletes from the 2016 Outdoor NCAA Championship team, including Eric Futch, who took home gold in the 400 hurdles last year. The Florida women’s team returned seven NCAA scorers from 2016 and is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation.

The Texas Tech men’s team is ranked No. 10 in the NCAA. Headlining their squad is sophomore Charles Brown, who currently holds a nation-leading mark of 26 feet 8.5 inches (8.14m) in the long jump.

On the women’s side, Arizona’s team will feature 400-meter hurdle specialist Sage Watson. Watson currently holds the fourth-best time in the nation this season at 56.12. Hope Schmelzle of Northern Illinois represents the Huskies with the nation’s No. 9 time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

The Oklahoma State teams hold a strong presence in distance events. Joshua Thompson ranks second in the nation in the 1500 meters, while fellow Cowboy Craig Nowak holds the No. 12 spot. The women’s side features Savannah Comacho, who ranks 12th in the 800 meters and 21st in the 1500 meters.

Big 12 Champion
In her first collegiate 5,000-meter race, TCU's Goertzen took home gold at the Big 12 Indoor Championships with a school-record time of 16:02.80. Her time broke the previous TCU record by more than 20 seconds and beat out second place by 12 seconds. She also went on to place third in the 3K at the conference championships at 9:23.01. Most recently, Goertzen broke the school 5K record by more than 21 seconds with a time of 15:51.78 at the Stanford Invitational.

Leap Frog
Newton represented the Horned Frogs at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in the triple jump to cap the indoor season. Newton placed 12th at the meet and leads the way in jumps on the men's side. Newton moved to No. 2 on TCU's all-time list with a personal-best distance of 53 feet 4.25 inches (16.26 meters) at Frisco during the indoor season. He currently ranks 14th in the nation in the long jump at 25 feet 1.75 inches (7.66m).

Keep `Em Coming
TCU has crowned an NCAA champion in each of the last five years:
* 2016: Ronnie Baker (60 meters)
* 2015: Ronnie Baker (60 meters)
* 2014: Lorraine Ugen (long jump)
* 2013: Charles Silmon (100 meters), Lorraine Ugen (long jump)
* 2012: Whitney Gipson (indoor long jump, outdoor long jump)
* Only one other school in the Big 12 has claimed gold in each year since 2013 (Texas).



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