The TCU track and field team is about to get its first taste of the whole Mountain West Conference enchilada.The Horned Frogs head to Albuquerque, N.M. today for the MWC Indoor Championships, a three-day event that will put TCU against its new conference rivals for the first time this season.
Head coach Darryl Anderson said although the team may not be designed for this style of meet, he expects a high level of competitiveness.
“At the end of the day our team was put together for the NCAA meet,” Anderson said. “We’re not necessarily a great conference team; does that mean we’re going to go in here and lay down? No. We’re going to compete.”
Anderson said besides MWC powerhouse Brigham Young, the conference has its fair share of team talents.
“(BYU) is just deep, they have people all over the place,” Anderson said. “We’re going to be way under the roster maximum. Colorado State will have a good meet, Air Force, San Diego State’s women. There’s some teams in there.”
Despite some school’s proficiency in certain areas – such as TCU’s sprints and BYU’s long-distance running – Anderson said every team has athletes who will be factors in the competition.
“Everybody has something to lay their hat on,” Anderson said. “We’ll do well individually, we have a lot of people in the top three on the ranking list. We have a lot of people with chances to win conference titles.”
Regardless of outcome, Anderson said New Mexico, the host team, has the necessary means to host a large event.
“I would imagine from everything I’ve heard that it’s a first class facility,” Anderson said. “It is its second year in existence. Hopefully it’s in line with the facility we’ll be at for NCAA competition.