Jan. 19, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – TCU’s track and field team earned second place finishes from Lorraine Ugen in the women’s long jump, Megan Smith in the women’s shot put and the men’s 4x400-meter relay Saturday at the Auburn Invitational.
“At the end of the day we competed hard,” TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. “We had a few good performances. We had not seen the kids for a while, but we needed to get started with the season eventually and there is no better way than at a challenging meet like this.”
Ugen finished second in the women’s long jump competition with a jump of 20-4 ¼ (6.20m). The TCU staff opted to only have her take two of the possible six jumps with the rest of the season in mind.
“Today set her up well,” Anderson said. “We didn’t want to put her in a position where any nagging injuries would bother her day in and day out. She is a talented athlete who has a chance to be a contender at the NCAA Championships.”
Charles Silmon kicked his season off with a third place finish in the men’s 60-meter dash. The senior ran identical 6.68 times in both the prelims and the finals. Silmon encountered a challenging field that included Bowerman Award Watch List member Harry Adams of Auburn. TCU’s schedule will continue to include many of the top sprinters in the country to help Silmon be ready for the end of the season.
“With the experience Charles has, this is how he needs to start the season,” Anderson noted. “Every week he will see competition like this. Charles ran his 60 really well today.”
The men’s 4x400 team of Joshua Washington, Lavon Collins, Harvey McSwain and Ronnie Baker finished second in 3:12.66, pushing the winning South Carolina quartet to the end. The relay is an event Anderson and the Frogs are looking forward to improving throughout the season.
“We didn’t run Raymond (Bozmans) because we wanted to get other student-athletes experience,” Anderson stated. “The group competed really well, and we will continue to improve throughout the season.”
Washington also recorded a personal best in the men’s 400-meter dash, taking third in 47.90. Sam Watts marked his TCU debut with a sixth place effort in the men’s 200-meter dash in 21.56.
Megan Smith led the TCU throwers with a second place finish in the women’s shot put, posting a throw of 50-1 ¼ (15.27m). Kelsey Samuels finished fourth (48-1 ¼, 14.66m).
A combined eight members of the TCU men’s and women’s program made their TCU track and field debuts Saturday.
The Horned Frogs return to the track next weekend with the Texas A&M Challenge next Friday and Saturday in College Station.