Track & Field Set To Host TCU Invitational
March 14, 2012
COLLEGE SECTION: SCHEDULE | HEAT SHEETS | LIVE RESULTS
HIGH SCHOOL SECTION: SCHEDULE | HEAT SHEETS | LIVE RESULTS
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Horned Frog track and field program will open the 2012 outdoor season this weekend with the TCU Invitational at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex, March 15-17.
The meet will include both a college and high school section. The college portion will open Thursday afternoon with the men’s and women’s hammer throw at Noon, followed by a full day of events Friday, while the high school section of the meet will open on Saturday at 10 a.m. A full schedule of events can be found at the link above.
Over 1,000 athletes will be in competition this weekend at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex in Fort Worth, including student-athletes from Baylor, Houston, North Texas, SMU, Texas State, UT Arlington and TCU. More than 30 high schools from across the Metroplex and the state of Texas will be represented Saturday.
Admission to the meet is $5 for adults and $3 for youth (high school or younger). The TCU Invitational can also be followed live by logging onto www.GoFrogs.com. Fans can follow live results from a link located above and on the TCU track & field schedule page. Following action in Fort Worth on Friday, a full recap and final results will be posted on the TCU athletics website. Results for Saturday's high school competition will also be available on GoFrogs.com.
Gipson and Silmon Collect Indoor All-America Accolades
The Horned Frogs closed out the indoor season in dramatic fashion with an NCAA champion and two All-Americans.
Senior Whitney Gipson was an obvious All-America selection after winning the NCAA Championship in the women’s long jump, 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 ‘A’ standard. Gipson became the first female Frog to ever win an NCAA Championship and the eighth TCU track & field individual overall. She also earned the first ever NCAA title 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 Langat.
Junior Charles Silmon matched the second-best 60-meter time of his career at the NCAA Championships, running 6.66 seconds to finish fifth in the third preliminary heat and 14th overall to claim second-team All-America honors. 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.