Oct. 27, 2012
Women's Results | Men's Results
AUSTIN, Texas – The TCU women’s cross country team marked their Big 12 debut with a fifth place finish in the team standings at 156 points. Agnes Kemboi earned All-Big 12 honors with a 12th-place finish, becoming the first TCU athlete to be named All-Big 12.
“I am excited with where the women ended up,” cross country head coach Liz Wort said. “I don’t think it was our best day, but it was really solid all the way across. To finish in the top half of the Big 12 with four freshmen is a great debut. We had some really good performances today.”
Kemboi was the leader of the Horned Frogs, finishing the 6K race in 21:02.5. After struggling late at the Chile Pepper Festival in a couple of weeks, she ran a different race strategy but was still able to finish high.
“We thought we would lay off a little today,” Wort said. “We talked about staying around the lead pack. After Arkansas, we didn’t want to be too aggressive. She had a very solid day, and she can do better at regionals. I couldn’t ask for anymore from her, she still finished high and contributed to our team effort.”
Tricia Terry also posted a strong race, taking 17th in 21:32.5. Terry has continued her good form after leading the Horned Frogs at Arkansas.
“She has been really solid the past couple of days,” Wort noted. “She did the same thing she did at the Chile Pepper. She moved up late and was able to finish high. She was able to put on the blinders to what everyone else was doing because she is a mature senior. It has gotten some good results.”
Closing out the TCU scoring team, Laura Orlie was 36th in 22:08.0, Ashley Eckhoff took 47th in 22:23.3 and Katie Dalton closed out the scoring team in 56th with a time of 22:48.3. Wort was really pleased with her debuting freshmen.
“Laura Orlie stepped up really big for us today,” Wort noted. “Ashley had a really solid day after having some struggles at Arkansas. We had three seniors on our squad. You need five and our freshman has really completed our five. They have been very reliable runners.”
The TCU men’s team closed out the season finishing ninth in the team standings. Preston Newsome was the leader of the group, placing 50th in the 8K in 26:47.7.
Select TCU runners will compete at the South Central Regional on Nov. 9 in Fayetteville, Ark.