March 14, 2012
FORT WORTH - TCU has named men's sprinter Charles Silmon as its Male Athlete of the Week and rifle's Sarah Scherer and women's sprinter/long jumper Whitney Gipson as its co-Female Athletes of the Week for their recent performances.
Silmon, a junior, matched the second-best 60-meter time of his career last Friday, coming in at 6.66 to finish fifth in the third preliminary heat and 14th overall. The Waco native made his first appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships after picking up a couple of second-team All-America honors during the 2011 Outdoor Championships.
Gipson, a four-time All-American, took home high honors by winning the women's long jump gold medal at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships last Friday. The senior from North Richland Hills matched the NCAA record of 22-8 feet (6.91m), and broke records for TCU, the Mountain West, Jacksons Track Complex, and the NCAA Indoor Championships meet. Her mark is currently tied for the world lead and is an Olympic standard.
She is TCU's first female individual champion and TCU's eighth overall, the first since Jackson Langat in 2006 for the 800-meters, and was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" for winning the MW title with a jump length of 21'10 3/4 ''.
Scherer once again powered the Horned Frogs to another rifle victory, this time their second NCAA title in the last three seasons. The junior Fort Worth native finished third individually in the air rifle finals, and helped lead TCU to a 2,353-2,350 win over West Virginia in the team battle. As the team's leader all season, Scherer showed up in the clutch to fire a 593 on the last day to earn a spot in the finals. The Horned Frogs finished the regular season 12-0.
2011-12 TCU Athletes of the Week
March 7, 2012 - Brooke Beeler and J.R. Cadot
Feb. 29, 2012 - Amric Fields and Whitney Gipson
Feb. 22, 2012 - Hank Thorns and Natalie Ventress
Feb. 15, 2012 - Nick Chappell and Natalie Ventress
Feb. 8, 2012 - Katelyn Gray and Julien Brun
Jan. 31, 2012 - J.R. Cadot and Jaime Dowd
Jan. 25, 2012 - Sarah Beard and Edgar Crespo
Jan. 18, 2012 - Antoinette Thompson and Charles Silmon
Jan. 11, 2012 - Kyan Anderson and Katie Lybbert
Dec. 13, 2011 - Charles Silmon and Lorraine Ugen
Dec. 6, 2011 - Sabine Rasch and Kris Gardner
Nov. 29, 2011 - J.R. Cadot and Kristen Hester
Nov. 22, 2011 - Waymon James and Natalie Ventress
Nov. 15, 2011 - Agnes Kemboi and Josh Boyce
Nov. 9, 2011 - Laszlo Gyurko and Taylor Prince
Nov. 1, 2011 - Jordan Raines and Jonathan Anderson
Oct. 25, 2011 - Alexie Estrada and Devin Johnson
Oct. 19, 2011 - Federica Denti, Kelsey Sundaram and Edgar Crespo
Oct. 13, 2011 - Matt Korman and Sanna Nuutinen
Oct. 4, 2011 - Ed Wesley and Jordan Raines
Sept. 28, 2011 - Waymon James and Jordan Calhoun
Sept. 20, 2011 - Josh Boyce and Yvonne Igodan
Sept. 13, 2011 - Matthew Tucker and Alicen Wright
Sept. 7, 2011 - Julien Brun and Sarah Joeckel