Horned Frogs Sweep Long Jump Titles Friday Afternoon
May 11, 2012
USAFA, Colo. - In cold and wet conditions Friday, Ramone Bailey and Whitney Gipson both claimed championship accolades in the men and women's long jump, respectively, to lead TCU on the opening day of the 2012 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Cadet Outdoor Track & Field Complex.
"We had a pretty good day today," said head coach Darryl Anderson. "I thought our kids competed well and got through. This weekend because of the weather has really turned into survivor mode, but hopefully the sun will come out tomorrow and we'll be able to do some good things on the track. All-in-all, I am pleased with how our first day went today."
Bailey, a freshman from Jamaica, soared to first-place honors in the men's long jump with a leap of 24 feet, 3 ¾ inches. With the win, Bailey became only the second Horned Frog ever to win a Mountain West title in the event and the first since former Frog great Jonathan Jackson did so during the 2007 campaign.
On the women's side, the Frogs simply dominated the competition, claiming the top three spots Friday afternoon, which marks the first time in conference history that one school has accomplished that feat. Gipson garnered her second-straight Mountain West Outdoor title with a jump of 20 feet, 4 ¼ inches. By doing so, the five-time All-America honoree joined some rare company as only four other student-athletes in Mountain West history had won two-straight conference crowns in the event coming into Friday's competition. Freshman Lorraine Ugen followed in second-place accolades with a leap of 19 feet, 11 ½ inches, while Samantha Collins wrapped-up the Frog scoring in the event, soaring 19 feet, 2 inches for third-place honors.
"It feels good to defend my title, especially in these conditions," said Gipson. "We were mentally tough today and I am pleased that we were able to go first through third."
TCU simply rolled in the men's 100 meters Friday, claiming four out of the eight qualifying times in preliminary action. Charles Silmon led all sprinters with a top-time of 10.59 seconds, while Bailey followed in third-place in the prelims, clocking a time of 10.71 seconds. Mark Barnes and Skye Dawson also qualified for Saturday's final, turning in the fourth and seventh-fastest times Friday afternoon.
The Frogs were just as solid on the women's side in the 100 as the Purple and White advanced three into Saturday's final round. Chaniqua Corinealdi led the TCU attack, earning second-place honors in preliminary action with a time of 11.82, while Ugen and Veronica Jones advanced with the third and sixth-best preliminary times.
In a cold and damp men's 200 meters, Barnes led the way with the fastest-preliminary time of 21.33 to win heat No. 1. Silmon, Narada Jackson and OJ Stoneham also advanced on Friday, claiming the third through six spots, respectively, in first round action.
Corinealdi, a junior from Killeen, moved on to the final round in the women's 200 with the third-fastest time in the prelims, while Gipson crossed the finish line with the sixth-best time to advance.
Junior Larissa Matthews was also solid in the women's 100-meter hurdles, posting a top-time of 13.76 seconds in preliminary round action to advance.
In other field events Friday, freshman Megan Smith led the Frogs in the women's discus, wrapping-up competition in fifth-place with a toss of 153 feet, 6 inches, while junior Kelsey Samuels finished sixth overall with a throw of 150 feet. On the men's side, Cameron Tabor earned a fourth-place showing.
Other highlights on the day included, senior Kelly Dawson opening the day claiming runner-up honors in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, while Agnes Kemboi closed out action with a third-place showing in the women's 10,000 meters.
Finally, Lavon Collins qualified for the finals of the men's 400-meter hurdles with the fifth-fastest preliminary time Friday. In the prelims of the men's and women's 800 meters, senior Jack O'Brien and sophomore Briyanni Thomas finished sixth and fifth overall, respectively, to move on to the final day of competition.
Overall, the Horned Frog women currently sit in third-place in the team standings with 44 points, while the men are in sixth with 15 points after Friday's opening rounds. The Colorado State women (62 points) and Air Force men (67 points) currently lead the competition.
TCU will close the 2012 Mountain West Outdoor Championships Saturday. Action begins at 11:30 a.m. CT with the women's shot put.