Feb. 9, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – TCU’s track and field program picked up four event victories Saturday at the Texas A&M Invitational at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. The meet was the Frogs’ final event before the Big 12 Indoor Championships in two weeks.
“On the men’s side we had a lot of season bests with some personal best times mixed in,” TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. “As they get more experienced they will become a really good team. For the women, anytime you can have kids that win events at a meet like this that is a good feeling. If we can make the same progress from now to the Big 12 meet like we did between this meet and our last one we will be in good shape.”
Charles Silmon redeemed himself after being disqualified for a false start at Texas A&M two weeks ago with a win in the men’s 60-meter dash. Silmon clocked a 6.71 in both sessions. Raymond Bozmans finished sixth while Ronnie Baker qualified for the final in fourth, but sat it out due to a busy schedule.
“It was not a super fast race, but he (Silmon) won, which we are pleased with. “Anderson noted. “(Ameer) Webb of A&M, the NCAA champ in the 200, was in the race so anytime you can beat an athlete of that caliber it has to be considered a quality win. Charles was not on his game today, but we feel he has some big races in him.”
Baker’s busy schedule included a second-place finish in the men’s 400-meter dash, posting a time of 46.95. Like Silmon in the 60, Baker was also looking for redemption after a false start disqualification from TCU’s competition at Texas A&M two weeks earlier. Joshua Washington finished third in 47.13.
“We had Ronnie in the 60, but had no intention of him running it twice” Anderson stated. “He had a really good time and followed it up with a great run in the 400. He has put himself in position to make the NCAA meet and contend at the Big 12 meet. It was a fast race, and both he and Josh ran personal best times so we are pleased.”
The other three event wins came on the women’s side. Tricia Terry picked up a win in the women’s mile competition in 4:54.00, only a half-second off of her indoor personal best.
Agnes Kemboi marked her return to competition with a victory in the women’s 3,000-meter run in 9:48.94. Ashley Eckhoff was also making her track season debut and finished second in 9:50.55.
Kelsey Samuels took the victory in the women’s shot put competition with a toss of 51-4 1/4. Megan Smith was close behind in second with a throw of 51-2 3/4.
Chaniqua Corinealdi began to find her form in the 60-meter dash with a third place finish in 7.45. Anderson was pleased to see her progress after a slow start to the season.
“We are pleased with how Chaniqua ran,” Anderson said. “That is closer to the level we expect her at. She will continue to get better.”
The Horned Frogs make their first appearance at the Big 12 Indoor Championships Feb. 22-23 at the Leid Recreation Center in Ames, Iowa.
“Just like before this meet, we have 10 training days before we leave for the Big 12 Championships,” Anderson concluded. “We have to continue to get better.”