April 4, 2013
FORT WORTH - The TCU track and field team will make a transition into dual meet competition with a double-dual meet Saturday. The Horned Frogs will take on the LSU Tigers and the host UCLA Bruins at Drake Stadium with field events starting at 9 a.m. PDT and events on the track starting at 12:30 p.m. PDT.
"We are going up against two of the best dual meet teams in the country," TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. "This is going to be a challenging meet for our team."
TCU's two opponents for the weekend both sit high in the national rankings with LSU ranked No. 7 on the women's division and No. 10 in the men's rankings. The UCLA men sit at No. 12 with the Bruins women at No. 18.
"The one thing we are looking forward to is the competition across all events," Anderson noted. "All the teams bring a competitive flavor to all the events, whether it be the sprints, the throws and even in the distance events."
LSU boasts one of the top sprinting programs in the nation and will challenge TCU across the board on both the men's and women's divisions. On the men's side, LSU sophomore Aaron Ernest ranks fourth in the NCAA with a 10.18 in the 100-meter dash and the Tigers' men's 4x100 relay team is ranked fourth nationally with a best time of 39.56. TCU's men's 4x100 relay beat LSU at the Texas Relays last week with a 39.54. TCU's star sprinter Charles Silmon did not get a chance to face Ernest with Silmon earning a spot in the invitational 100-meter dash.
The LSU women's sprinters have one of the top athletes in all of college track and field in senior Kimberlyn Duncan. The 2012 Bowerman Award winner as the top athlete in women's track and field, Duncan is the national leader in the women's 100-meter dash at a wind-aided 11.06 and is one of the most dominant 200-meter dash runners in NCAA track and field history as a three-time champion indoors and two-time defending champion outdoors in the event.
In the field, the men's discus field will be one of the toughest in any regular season competition, with UCLA boasting the No. 1 and No. 9 throwers in the nation and LSU with the No. 2 thrower in the event. The TCU coaches see this as a great learning experience for freshman Adam Damadzic after a solid start to the outdoor season.
If Lorraine Ugen competes in the women's long jump, a re-match of two of the top-five finishers at the NCAA Indoor Championships will be on hand. UCLA's Kylie Price finished fourth ahead of Ugen's fifth at Arkansas last month. Price currently ranks second in the NCAA with a jump of 21-4 3/4 during the outdoor season. Ugen has not jumped yet in the outdoor campaign.
The TCU coaching staff is looking forward to getting the team out to the west coast for a meet.
"It will be good to see a Pac-12 school from a cultural standpoint," Anderson concluded. "Some of the kids on our team have never traveled this far west in their life. This is a special opportunity for them. We see this trip as a valuable experience from a lot of angles."