TCU Set For NCAA Outdoor Championships In Des Moines
June 4, 2012
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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU track and field program will close its 2012 outdoor campaign this week at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The four-day meet, which will begin on Wednesday, June 6, will take place at Drake Stadium, which is located on the campus of Drake University.
The Horned Frogs will begin competition on Wednesday with the semifinal round of the men's 4x100. In all, the Frogs will send 15 student-athletes to Iowa, while the Purple and White will compete in eight different events.
"Its an exciting time of the year," said head coach Darryl Anderson. "This is what we have invested eight to ninth months of practice for. Overall, we feel really good about the student-athletes we have representing TCU at the final rounds of the 2012 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships."
TCU comes into the final rounds of the NCAA Championships following competition at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin. In all, the Purple and White advanced five student-athletes and three relays. Earning automatic NCAA bids in Austin were the men and women's 4x100, women's 4x400, Charles Silmon (100 meters), Cameron Parker (Triple Jump), Chaniqua Corinealdi (100 and 200 meters), Whitney Gipson (Long Jump) and Lorraine Ugen (Long Jump and 100 meters).
NCAA Track & Field Championship Information
A full recap and final results will be posted following each day of competition as well. Fans are also encouraged to follow @TCUTrackField on Twitter. Additional meet information can be found on www.ncaa.com.
TCU History At The NCAA Outdoor Championships
Overall, TCU has produced more NCAA titles in the men's 4x100 relay than any other school over the last 32-plus years. It all started modestly with a fifth-place finish by the mile relay at the 1973 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Since then, TCU has produced five NCAA Outdoor National Champions in the event. As a team, the Horned Frogs highest finish on the men's side is second-place in 2001, while the women's highest finish is 12th in 1993. Finally, TCU will look to add to its 267 All-America honorees this week in Des Moines.
Breaking Down TCU At Nationals
Cameron Parker, the Mountain West Champion, has come on late in the year for the Frogs in the triple jump, advancing to Des Moines with a leap of 51 feet, 4 1/2 inches, which ranks No. 17 amongst jumpers.
On the women's side, Lorraine Ugen currently sits No. 10 amongst all sprinters in the 100 meters. She punched her ticket to the NCAA meet with a personal-best time of 11.34 seconds. Junior Chaniqua Corinealdi will also compete in the event after posting the 18th-fastest time amongst the final 24, recording a time of 11.41 seconds. Corinealdi will also look to advance in the women's 200 meters after recording the 23rd-ranked time amongst competitors in Austin.
In the relays, the women's 4x100 currently sits No. 19 heading into Des Moines, while the 4x400 quartet comes into nationals after recording a seasonal-best time of 3:37.12 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Reining NCAA Indoor Champion, Whitney Gipson will look to defend her title this week in the women's long jump. The five-time All-America honoree currently sits No. 3 amongst all competitors after earning runner-up accolades in Austin. Gipson soared to a jump of 21 feet, 6 inches in her last outing. Ugen will also compete in the women's long jump at Drake Stadium. The freshman, who was ranked No. 1 throughout the outdoor season, heads to nationals with the ninth-best leap after jumping 21 feet, 1 1/2 inches on her first and only attempt at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
TCU's Opening Round Schedule
On Thursday, the Frogs will open competition with the women's long jump at 5:30 p.m. Action on the track will also begin at 5:30 p.m. with the semifinal rounds of the women's 200 meters. The Purple and White will close competition on the day with the semifinal round of the women's 4x400 at 8:25 p.m. CT.
Finally, the men's triple jump will open up Friday, June 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Drake Stadium.
Last Year At Nationals
Charles Silmon crossed the finish line in 10th-place in the men's 200 meters and 15th overall in the 100-meter race.
Earning All-America accolades on the week were Young, Gipson, Silmon and the women's 4x100 and 4x400, respectively.
Gipson's Final Run
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O'Brien Named Academic All-District
O'Brien closed his career earning All-Mountain West honors in the men's 800 meters after placing third overall at the 2012 Mountain West Championships. He will leave Fort Worth as a two-time NCAA Championship quarterfinal participant and multiple Academic All-Mountain West selection.
O'Brien, who earned USTFCCCA Academic All-America and MWC Scholar-Athlete accolades a year ago, posted the highest MCAT score in TCU history during the 2011-12 school year. He was recently named the recipient of Dutch Meyer Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, which is the highest academic honor a TCU student-athlete can receive.
Horned Frogs Earn All-Conference Honors
Following the meet, head coach Darryl Anderson was named the Mountain West Women's Coach of the Year. In all, 11 different student-athletes garnered championship medals in Colorado Springs, Colo. Thirteen student-athletes on the women's side earned all-conference recognition Tuesday, while 12 different men collected all-league accolades.
Headlining the women's selections was freshman Lorraine Ugen, earning all-conference recognition in the 100 meters, long jump and as a member of the women's 4x100 that claimed first-place accolades. In the women's 100 meters, Ugen blasted the competition, clocking a personal and seasonal-best time of 11.35 seconds to claim championship accolades with the third-best time in Mountain West Championship history.
Junior Chaniqua Corinealdi also collected all-league accolades in three different events, including the 100, 200 and 4x100. The Killeen native crossed the finish line in first-place in both the 200 and women's 4x100 relay this past weekend.
The Frogs had three different student-athletes earn all-conference twice, which includes Quinterra Charles, Whitney Gipson and Briyanni Thomas. Charles and Gipson won the women's 400 and long jump, respectively, while all three were either a part of the women's 4x100 or 4x400.
On the men's side, Mark Barnes, Lavon Collins and Narada Jackson, who all placed in the top-3 in their respective events, garnered all-league recognition in three events. Charles Silmon, who captured gold in both the 100 meters and 4x100, followed by earning all-conference recognition in multiple events. In all, the Waco native tied for the second-fastest time in MW Championship history and is the first-ever Mountain West student-athlete to three-peat as conference champion in the men's 100 meters.
Stunning Success On The Conference Level
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Frogs Soaring To New Heights
TCU In The World Rankings
Lorraine Ugen and Whitney Gipson have also fared well in the world standings. Both jumpers currently rank No. 8 and No. 21 in the current world standings, respectively. Ugen's jump of 22 feet, 5 inches ranks No. 8, while Gipson's top mark of 21 feet, 10 ¾ inches currently stands as the 21st-best jump in the world. Both leaps are calculated to include wind-assisted marks.