Feb. 23, 2013
AMES, Iowa – TCU began its Big 12 Championships Saturday at the Leid Recreation Center at Iowa State. The Horned Frogs were able to get on the team scoreboard in both the men’s and women’s competitions on the day, along with putting multiple runners in the finals tomorrow. The TCU women are in eighth with nine team points and the men are ninth with three team points.
“We had a few qualifiers,” TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. “We didn’t qualify real well on the women’s side, but those who qualified did well. On the men’s side, we qualified fairly well in terms of numbers with multiple qualifiers in the 60, 200 and 600-yard run. We can still have a respectable showing, but we have to continue to drive ourselves to get better.”
Lorraine Ugen posted TCU’s first points of the meet with her third place finish in the women’s long jump. Ugen recorded a jump of 20-10 3/4 (6.37m). The TCU staff believes that Ugen has done enough to be ensured qualification into the NCAA Indoor Championships in two weeks.
Agnes Kemboi also got on the board for the Horned Frogs with a sixth place effort in the women’s 5,000-meter run in 16:38.89. Kemboi was in a pack of 10 that broke off from the field and was able to stay in a scoring position as other runners peeled off from scoring contention.
Ramone Bailey opened up the TCU men's scoring account in the long jump, taking sixth place with a jump of 23-10 (7.26m). After two fouls, Bailey came up with his jump of 23-10 to earn three additional jumps. Bailey then fouled on his next two jumps before leaping 23-10 again on his sixth and final jump.
The Horned Frogs will go into tomorrow’s finals session with two competitors as the top seed of their respective events. Charles Silmon showed why he came to Ames as the top seed in the men’s 60-meter dash, tying his best time at TCU with a 6.65 seconds run in the prelims. He will be joined by Raymond Bozmans in the final, who was eighth in 6.86 seconds.
“At the end of the day, we have to put this performance to the side because there are other kids in this league who can run that,” Anderson noted. “We want him to be a Big 12 champion. He ran well with his best time of the season and might have locked up his spot at the NCAA Championships.”
Silmon also qualified for the men’s 200-meter dash final in sixth in 21.30. He will be joined by Sam Watts (seventh, 21.39) and Harvey McSwain (eighth, 21.53) in tomorrow’s final.
One of the surprises of the day was the performance of Tricia Terry in the women’s mile. One of the first events of the day, Terry fought off some tough competitors to take the top seed into tomorrow’s final with a mark of 4:49.19. The time is the second-fastest time in school history.
“I think the kids seeing that was a ‘we belong here’ moment,” Anderson observed. “I thought that was great.”
The Horned Frogs also got multiple finalists in the men’s 600-yard run as Justin Chambers (sxith, 1:10.63) and Narada Jackson (seventh, 1:11.05) will have opportunities to add to TCU’s point total tomorrow. In the men’s 400-meter dash Ronnie Baker qualified for the final in seventh at 47.61 seconds.
On the women’s side, Chaniqua Corinealdi qualified second for the finals of the women’s 60-meter dash in a season-best time of 7.41 seconds. The field is bunched together tightly with the top qualifying time at 7.36 seconds and eighth at 7.48 seconds. Larissa Matthews made it into the final of the women’s 60-meter hurdles in eighth at 8.53 seconds.
In the women's weight throw, Kelsey Samuels just missed out on final and scoring in ninth place, but did re-set the TCU school record in the event with her best throw of 59-4 (18.08m).
“We have to pick up the pieces with the events that are on the schedule tomorrow,” Anderson concluded. “We have to continue to battle uphill and fight the good fight. The kids have to take this lesson and use it to be prepared for outdoors. This is a great opportunity for a learning experience. Watching this meet, I know we are going to do well in this conference in time."
Action resumes tomorrow at noon with the women's shot put and women's triple jump. Action on the track starts at 1:30 p.m. with the women’s 60-meter hurdles final.