Track and field produces 14 event wins at outdoor season opener

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TCU Track and Field opened their outdoor season at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex on a high note. Six athletes recorded personal bests and the Horned Frogs collected 14 event wins as a team this weekend.

“We had an outstanding first meet,” said director of track and field Darryl Anderson. “I think it was the best first meet we’ve had in a long time.”

Friday’s Events

To kick off the weekend, the Frogs recorded three first-place finishes out of the four events held.

Senior Paola Miranda grabbed first in the women’s hammer throw with a mark of 189 feet, 2 inches (57.65 meters) on her second attempt.

Sophomore Fellan McGuigan and freshman Ryan Camp posted regional-qualifying marks as they both recorded first-place finishes in the hammer throw and discus. McGuigan recorded a throw of 201 feet, 11 inches (61.54 meters) in the hammer throw. Camp recorded a distance of 176 feet, 6 inches (53.80 meters) in the discus, moving him to No. 5 on TCU’s all-time list.

Sophomore Justin Sanchez grabbed second in the hammer throw with a mark of 181 feet, 6 inches (55.32 meters).

Saturday’s Events

“All in all, it was a good day with great weather” Anderson said.

The women’s 4×100-meter relay team of seniors Judy Emeodi and Sabrina Moore, and sophomores Briona Oliver and Kayla Heard placed second with a time of 44.78.

Heard recorded a personal best with a first-place finish in the 400 meters at 53.23, moving her into TCU’s top 10 all-time list. Senior Tiffany Terry and sophomore Jaden Davis notched third and fifth finishes with times of 54.67 and 55.81.

Moore moved to No. 4 on TCU’s all-time list after placing second in the 100-meter dash with a personal best of 11.40. She also recorded a personal best in the 200 meters at 23.69.

Emeodi also recorded two personal bests with times of 11.55 and 23.75 in the 200 and 100 meters.

Big 12 Conference 5,000 kilometer champion, sophomore Brenley Goertzen placed first in the 1500 meters, winning by more than 11 seconds with a time of 4:27.36, moving her to No. 5 on TCU’s all-time list. Junior Dominique Tilly placed seventh with a time of 4:46.29.

Sophomore Brittney Trought recorded a first-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.31, the third fastest time in school history. Senior Makaila Flannigan and sophomore Lexi Aitken grabbed fifth and sixth with times of 13.99 and 14.06.

Aitken also produced a personal best in the 400 hurdles, placing first with a 59.60.

The men’s team of seniors Raymond Bozmans and Jalen Miller, junior Emeilo Ferguson and sophomore Darrion Flowers notched a first-place finish with a time of 39.89, setting the tone for the meet.

TCU swept the top three spots in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Derrick Mokaleng finished first at 46.73, junior Kevin McClanahan finished second at 46.92 and freshman Jostyn Andrews finished third at 47.15.

Freshman Isaiah Rogers moved to TCU’s all-time list as he won the shot put with a mark of 57 feet, 5.75 inches (17.57 meters).

Senior Dekan Ekpo placed eighth in the 200-meter dash at 21.59, and senior Shane Murray placed eighth in the 3000 meters at 9:30.42.

To close out the meet, the women’s 4×400-meter relay team of Terry, Heard, Aitken and Davis recorded a first-place finish at 3:40.64. The men’s 4×400-meter relay squad of Flowers, Andrews, McClanahan, and Mokaleng also recorded a first-place finish at 3:09.20.

“All in all, it was a good day with great weather” Anderson said.

“I think we will get better,” he added. “We will get a week of training; we have 10 days before we race again at Texas Relays. We will put some work in, and the weather is supposed to stay nice. I’m looking forward to it, the sky is the limit.”

Next Up

The Horned Frogs are set to compete at the Texas Relays from March 29- April 1.