Women’s track faces tough competition after strong start

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The TCU women’s track team got off to a solid start to the indoor season with top-10 finishes in its first three tournaments, but a schedule jam-packed with highly competitive events awaits them.

Led by senior Brianna McGhee, who set a TCU record in her first 60-meter hurdles title race of the season with a time of 8.26 seconds, the Frogs are loaded with talent in the short distance runs.

Juniors Iphona-Clemence Paiement and Makaila Flanagan have also recorded podium finishes in 60-meter races.

The long jump has also been a source of success for TCU. Nafissatou Boixel and Briona Oliver finished second and third in the Texas A&M Team Invite, while Oliver added a silver medal in the Reveille Invitational.

The indoor team will make its third trip to College Station this season for the Texas A&M Team Meet on Feb. 5 before traveling to Arkansas for the Tyson Invitational next weekend.

The Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships begin on Feb. 26, and the national championships are held on March 11-12.

It’ll be a quick transition from indoor to outdoor events for the Frogs. The TCU Invitational, track and field’s first outdoor event, is held on March 18-19, the weekend after the NCAA Indoor Championships.

While it’s too early to predict a team advancement to the national competition, it’s a fair bet to expect that McGhee will make an appearance on the national stage.

The senior has won the 60-meter hurdles in every competition thus far. Described as “consistent” by TCU director of track and field Darryl Anderson, McGhee hopes to carry that consistency to a podium finish in her last year at TCU.

And if her team can make the trip with her, it’ll be even sweeter.