Gipson Smashes School Record Sunday At Olympic Trials

July 1, 2012

EUGENE, Ore. -  Whitney Gipson's magical run towards securing a bid for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games came up just short Sunday as she placed fourth overall in the women's long jump at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

"Whitney had an amazing run this year," said head coach Darryl Anderson. "Most years her jump today would have won the Olympic Trials, but she came up just short. We are so proud of her and what she was able to accomplish during her four years at TCU. She has been the face of our program and now will have a chance to do some special things in the next chapter of her athletic career."

Gipson, who completely obliterated her previous school record, which was set earlier this year at the NCAA Championships, soared to a personal-best 22 feet, 10 ½ inches at Hayward Field to finish in fourth-place, only one spot below qualifying for London. By placing fourth overall, Gipson posted the highest finish ever in school history at the Olympic Trials in the women's long jump.

Gipson, the Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year, swept both the NCAA indoor and outdoor long jump titles in 2012, becoming the third-straight student-athlete to accomplish the feat, joining Southern Miss' Tori Bowie (2011) and UTEP's Blessing Okagbare (2010).

During the indoor season, the Texas native tied the 2002 collegiate record set by Auburn's Elva Goulbourne with a Mountain West record leap of 22 feet, 8 inches at the NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing the season ranked No. 4 on the world's indoor performance list.

She followed that effort with a first-place jump of 22 feet, 4 ½ inches at the NCAA Outdoor Championships a couple of weeks ago, registering the second-best outdoor mark in Mountain West history and the fifth-best all-conditions jump in NCAA history. By doing so, she became the first female in school history to capture an NCAA title and only the fourth NCAA Outdoor Champion all-time in TCU history.

Named both the 2012 MW Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year, Gipson, who was also named the South Central Field Athlete of the Year recently, is the first individual in league and school history to be named a semifinalist for the prestigious Bowerman award, the top honor in collegiate track and field.