Feb. 28, 2013
FORT WORTH – TCU’s track and field team will make a couple of final pushes at the NCAA Indoor Championships next week this weekend at the NCAA Qualifiers. On Friday, Chaniqua Corinealdi will compete in the 60 and 200-meter dash in Fayetteville, Ark. On Saturday, the men’s 4x400-meter relay team will compete at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
Corinealdi became TCU’s first Big 12 champion across all sports with her win in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.34 seconds. The time has her sitting tied for 15th nationally with the top-16, no ties, getting into the meet. Even an improvement of 0.01 seconds would probably lock her spot into the meet.
“Chaniqua is going to compete to protect her spot,” TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. “It is dangerous to wait and see. She has been running well recently so we think she can drop time again.”
Corinealdi will also go into the meet to run the 200-meter dash. The current 16th place time nationally in 23.43. Her career-best indoor time is 23.61.
The men’s 4x400 meter relay team was without two of its top-four as Ronnie Baker and Raymond Bozmans both sat out the Big 12 final for various reasons. With Harvey McSwain and Joshua Washington also in the fold, Anderson wants another chance at the top-12 teams in the NCAA.
“The mile relay is young with three of four freshman and the other a sophomore,” Anderson noted. “They are so young that we feel that it will be best for them to continue to compete instead of waiting for the start of outdoor season. We just want them to race and give themselves a chance.”
The current 12th team has a time of 3:07.91.