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Track and Field: Senior secures top national spot, conference record

Newton and the mens 4x400 relay secure first-place finishes at the Big 12 Championships.
Newton and the men’s 4×400 relay secure first-place finishes at the Big 12 Championships.

Senior Scotty Newton broke the TCU record, conference record and secured the top national spot in the triple jump at the Big 12 Championships this weekend in Ames, Iowa.

Newton secured a first-place finish on his final attempt with a distance of 54 feet 6.75 inches in the men’s triple jump. He also placed third in the long jump, recording a distance of 26 feet 0.25 inches.

Running Events

The men’s 4×400-meter relay squad of sophomore Jostyn Andrews, sophomore Emmanuel Ogwo, senior Kevin McClanahan and sophomore Derrick Mokaleng took home gold, recording a time of 3:07.75.

The men’s track and field team placed fourth with 74 points, the highest place the team has earned since joining the Big 12 Conference.

“Anytime you finish top four in the Big 12, you had a good meet,” head coach Darryl Anderson said. “We just have to relish in what we accomplished this weekend and keep moving forward.”

Andrews, Ogwo, McClanahan and Mokaleng also made additional appearances on the podium.

In the 400-meter dash, Mokaleng took home silver with a time of 46.47 seconds and Ogwo placed sixth behind a time of 46.88. In the men’s 600-meter race, Andrews placed third with a time of 1:09.84 and McClanahan placed fourth behind a time of 1:10.06.

Senior Emeilo Ferguson and senior Jalen Miller grabbed third and fourth in the men’s 60-meter dash with times of 6.70 and 6.75 seconds respectively. For the women, first-year sprinter Hope Glenn placed fifth behind a time of 7.51.

First-year runner Renee Payne scored for the women’s squad in the 800-meter race with an eighth-place finish and a time of 2:21.70.

Field Events

The men’s weight throw squad of sophomore Isaiah Rogers, sophomore Ryan Camp and junior Justin Sanchez individually placed in the top ten. Rogers secured fourth place behind a distance of 63 feet 7.75 inches, Camp placed fifth with a distance of 62 feet 8.50 inches and Sanchez placed eighth behind a mark of 59 feet 1.50 inches.

In the men’s shot put, Rogers placed sixth with a distance of 57 feet and five inches.

In the jumps, first-year athlete Chengetayi Mapaya placed third in the men’s triple jump behind a distance of 52 feet 10.25 inches and junior Chyna Ries placed sixth in the women’s long jump, recording a mark of 19 feet 4.75 inches.

“We have a pretty good team and hopefully in two weeks we can go to the national meet and really do some things,” Anderson said.

Up Next

The Frogs will travel back to College Station, Texas to compete at the NCAA Indoor National Championship on Friday, March 16.

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