Horned Frogs Send 22 To NCAA West Preliminary Round In Austin
May 17, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas – The TCU track and field program will send 22 student-athletes and three relays to the 2012 NCAA West Preliminary Round next week in Austin.
The three-day meet, which runs May 24-26 at Mike A. Myers Stadium, serves as the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships and is one of two preliminary-round sites. The qualifiers out of both regions will compete in the NCAA Championships held June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Coming off a Mountain West Championship on the women’s side, TCU will send 14 female student-athletes and both relays to Austin. In all, the Horned Frogs boast 10 entries among the top-25 in their respective events, including the No. 1 and No. 3 ranked long jumpers in the region in Lorraine Ugen and Whitney Gipson, respectively.
The Frogs will have eight men in competition next week, including the men’s 4x100 relay, which heads to Austin ranked No.7 in the region. Overall, TCU has three entries on the men’s side that rank in the top-10 in their respective events.
Ugen leads a trio of Frogs who will compete in the women’s long jump in Austin. The freshman is currently the No. 1 ranked jumper in both the region and NCAA with a leap of 22 feet, 5 inches, while Gipson, who won National Championship during the indoor season in the event, brings the third-best leap of 21 feet, 10 ¾ inches into competition. Samantha Collins rounds out the Purple and White student-athletes, as she is currently seeded No. 27 in the region.
On the men’s side, Cameron Parker, who soared to conference championship honors with a personal-best leap of 52 feet, 4 ½ inches last week, is seeded No. 9 in the men’s triple jump. Freshman Ramone Bailey will make his first appearance at the opening round of the NCAA meet, coming in ranked No. 23 in the men’s long jump.
Ugen and Chaniqua Corinealdi head into next week’s action seeded No. 10 and No. 15 in the women’s 100 meters, respectively. Corinealdi will also compete in the women’s 200 after ranking No. 24 amongst the 48 competitors.
Charles Silmon will lead the Frogs on the men’s side in the 100 meters after clocking the sixth-best time in the West Region. The junior, who has recorded a seasonal-best time of 10.15 seconds, is coming off his third-straight Mountain West Championship in the event. Senior Mark Barnes also qualified Thursday with the No. 39 seeded time.
In the women’s 400 meters, Quinterra Charles, who recently captured gold medal accolades at the Mountain West Championships, travels to Austin seeded No. 30, while sophomore Briyanni Thomas will compete in the women’s 800 meters.
Kelly Dawson and Agnes Kemboi will represent the Purple and White in the women’s 5,000 and 10,000 meters, respectively. Dawson will run in the 5,000 meters after being seeded No. 27, while Kemboi comes into next week’s action in the top-20 at No. 18.
Fresh off her conference championship, junior Larissa Matthews will compete in the women’s 100-meter hurdles after being seeded No. 25 in the event.
In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Lavon Collins heads to Austin with the 35th-best time of 51.93 seconds.
Both the women’s 4x100 and 4x400 made the cut as well Thursday after both clocking the 14th-best time in the West Region.
In other field events, Kelsey Samuels and Megan Smith will represent the Horned Frogs in the women’s shot put. Samuels punched her ticket with the 16th-best throw, while Smith will compete in her first NCAA opening round after being ranked No. 29. The freshman will also compete in the women’s discus after securing the next-to-last spot at No. 47.
Cameron Tabor will lead TCU on the men’s side in the shot and discus. Tabor ranks 25th overall in both events out of 48 competitors.