NCAA CHAMPION! Gipson Makes History With Long Jump Title
March 9, 2012
NAMPA, Idaho - Senior Whitney Gipson soared to the women's long jump gold medal at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships Friday, matching the NCAA record with a top jump of 22-8 feet (6.91m).
The North Richland Hills, Texas native hit the historic mark on her fifth attempt to pull away from the rest of the field. Gipson's jump ties the NCAA all-time record set by Auburn's Elva Goulbourne in 2002 and rewrites new benchmarks for TCU, the Mountain West, Jacksons Track Complex and the NCAA Indoor Championships meet. Her mark is currently tied for the world lead and is an Olympic standard.
Gipson becomes the first female Frog to ever win an NCAA Championship and the eighth TCU track & field individual overall. Distance runner Jackson Langat was the last Frog to win NCAA gold, capturing the 800-meter indoor crown in 2006. Gipson also becomes the first ever NCAA champion from a field event. She is just the fifth TCU athlete to claim an individual title, joining former Frogs legends Raymond Stewart, Kim Collins, Khadevis Robinson and Jackson Langat.
TCU All-Time NCAA Individual Champions
1989 - Raymond Stewart (55 Meters)
2001 - Kim Collins (60 Meters)
2001 - Kim Collins (200 Meters)
2006 - Jackson Langat (800 Meters)
2012 - Whitney Gipson (Long Jump)
1987 - Raymond Stewart (100 Meters)
1989 - Raymond Stewart (100 Meters)
1998 - Khadevis Robinson (800 Meters)
"It is just outstanding for Whitney to be a senior and a local girl from just down the street in North Richland Hills to come into our program and win a NCAA title," TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. "She is the first woman to win a title in our program's history and it couldn't have happened to a nicer girl. Her mom is here and had the opportunity to watch her jump and win the NCAA Championship. It just brings tears to your eyes to watch that kind of performance."
"Even if she didn't jump the 22-8 mark, she still would have won," Anderson added. "For her to really dig down and get that big jump was just great. People don't really understand what it means to jump 22-8 feet. It's just a phenomenal jump. I'm proud of her. It is a happy moment for her."
Freshman Lorraine Ugen competed in her first NCAA Championships Friday, but did not qualify for the women's long jump finals after failing to land a clean jump.
"Lorraine had some big jumps, she just couldn't find her way on the board," Anderson said. "Her fouls were minor toe fouls. Her jumps probably would have gotten her second place if she could have gotten one. This was a great learning experience for her. She is going to be a great long jumper for us in the future. We just have to go through the process of getting her there."
Junior Charles Silmon matched the second-best 60-meter time of his career Friday, running 6.66 seconds to finish fifth in the third preliminary heat and 14th overall. The Waco, Texas native made his first appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships after picking up a pair of second-team All-America honors during the 2011 Outdoor Championships.
"Silmon is getting closer," Anderson said. "He qualified for the meet this year and he ran 6.66 seconds. Now the next step for him is to make the finals."
Junior Chaniqua Corinealdi rounded out the evening for TCU, running 7.48 in the opening heat of the women's 60-meter preliminaries. The Killeen, Texas product ended the night 17th overall.
"Chaniqua has to learn how to compete in this arena and I think that is coming for her," Anderson said.
TCU will now prepare to kickoff the outdoor season at home next week, hosting the TCU Invitational at the Lowdon Track Complex, March 15-17. The collegiate field will have the javelin and hammer throw on March 15 with a full day of events on March 16. The teams competing include Baylor, Houston, North Texas, SMU, Texas State, UT Arlington and TCU. March 17 will feature over 30 local high schools.