Jan. 14, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - TCU junior Charles Silmon posted a personal-best time in the men's 60 meters to pace the Horned Frogs Saturday at the 2012 Texas 10-Team Invitational at Texas A&M.
"We had some good performances today and we came out of the meet healthy," TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. "We just have to keep moving forward. Silmon more than likely punched his ticket into the NCAA Championships, so I'm pleased with that. We need to take the next couple of weeks to keep getting better as we move through the season."
Silmon rumbled down the 60-meter stretch with a lifetime-best time of 6.66 to take the event. His clocking moved the Waco, Texas native into seventh all-time in the TCU top-10 list, surpassing his previous personal-best from 2010 and Syan Williams' 1998 time of 6.67. Silmon cruised to a clocking of 6.71 to post the top time of the 60-meter preliminary heats.
From the air, TCU took the top two spots in the women's long jump. Senior Whitney Gipson set a new meet record with a top leap of 20-7 3/4 feet to win the event. Freshman Lorraine Ugen followed with a top jump of 20-1 feet for runner-up honors.
TCU dominated the field in the men's shot put, taking the top four finishes. Junior Cameron Tabor won his second-straight event to begin the season, tossing the rock 53-11 ¼ feet. Junior transfer Paul Osunwa followed for silver standards at 53-4 ½ feet. Newcomers Tyler Sergent and Francisco Brito finished third and fourth, respectively.
A pair of former Frog standouts also had the chance to compete inside Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium Saturday. Former All-American Jessica Young exploded for a time of 7.31 to win the women's 60-meter Olympic development heat, topping TCU Olympian Virgil Hodge, who clocked in at 7.58.
Overall, the TCU women placed third in the team standings with 95.75 points, while the Frogs' men ended the meet in fourth place with 63 points. Three-time defending NCAA champion Texas A&M claimed both team titles Saturday.
TCU will resume the indoor season in two weeks at the Razorback Invitational, Jan. 27-28, in Fayetteville, Ark.