Feb. 24, 2013
AMES, Iowa - TCU crowned its first two Big 12 champions across all sports Sunday at the Leid Recreation Center at Iowa State. The Frogs showed their speed with Chaniqua Corinealdi taking the women's 60-meter dash title and Charles Silmon winning the men's 60-meter dash.
In the team standings, both TCU squads finished ninth with the men collecting 38 points and the women finishing with 37 points.
"We got a lot of work to do for both the men and the women," TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. "We had some highlights with many people. For Chaniqua and Charles to win was special. They won back-to-back events so for 10-to-15 minute period everything in the building was about TCU. At the end of the day, we have to move forward. I feel comfortable and confident that as we evolve we can compete better. We can't have one-dimensional kids at this meet. We left a lot of points on the track."
Corinealdi was part of a challenging women's 60-meter dash field that was only separated by 0.12 seconds in the prelims. Corinealdi was able to surge ahead at the end of the race with a time of 7.34 seconds, finishing 0.05 seconds ahead of her nearest competitors. That was the first Big 12 title across all of TCU's athletics programs.
"It means a lot to win in the Big 12 when coming from the Mountain West," Corinealdi said. "It has definitely been more of a challenge, and I think we made a statement that we can compete in the Big 12. It is great to be able to improve with every race and show progress. The work has paid off."
"The big thing with Chaniqua is that she continues to work hard," Anderson said. "As she continues to work hard, she can reach her ceiling. If she continues to go forward and continues to work hard, there is no telling how fast she will be come May."
Silmon rolled in to the men's 60-meter dash as the favorite, but a rough start dug himself a small hole. However, he showed his speed and championship composure to claw his way back and take the win in 6.66 seconds, edging out Ian Warner of Iowa State, who was second in 6.68 seconds. Raymond Bozmans took eighth in 7.02 seconds.
"I came in confident I could win," Silmon said. "I had been working on a lot of things that I thought would let me improve my times. I thought I would be able to compete. I knew if I kept my composure, I would have the chance to come away with the win."
Silmon was not done, as he came back later in the day to take third place in the 200-meter dash from lane eight in 20.96. His time makes him the seventh Horned Frog to go under 21 seconds in the indoor 200-meter dash. Sam Watts finished seventh in the final in 21.66 and Harvey McSwain took eighth in 21.90.
"Charles had a great meet winning the 60 and taking third in the 200," Anderson said. "He didn't run too well in the 200 yesterday, but he came back strong today with a tough lane assignment. He got a PR of 20.96 and may have made NCAAs. Charles had the wherewithal to get back into the race. If you panic, it is hard to win."
Tricia Terry finished off an outstanding weekend with two top-six finishes and a new school record. Starting the day with the women's mile, Terry went a new best time in 4:47.75, missing out on one of TCU's oldest school records by Rebecca Allison in 1986 at 4:47.49. Terry came back later in the afternoon to earn a hard-fought sixth place finish in the 3,000-meter run, this time getting a school record in 9:28.92. She took down Agnes Kemboi's school record of 9:32.09 set last season.
"She ran outside of the form chart, and that is always good," Anderson noted. "To come out of the meet with a third and sixth-place is great. It says a lot for her growth in the program. We have to have a lot of people on our team look at how she went about her races and they need to duplicate it."
The Frogs scored a pair of competitors in the men's 600-yard run as Narada Jackson finished fifth in 1:10.33 and Justin Chambers took sixth in 1:10.50. Ronnie Baker got on the board for TCU in the men's 400-meter dash, taking fifth place in 47.47. The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Jackson, Watts, McSwain and Joshua Washington finished fifth in 3:11.64.
Megan Smith posted TCU's first Big 12 points in the throws competition with her fifth place finish in the women's shot put event with a throw of 52-9 1/2 (16.09m). Her throw moved her up to second in TCU history for the event.
In the women's 60-meter hurdles, Larissa Matthews was able to move up the standings with her sixth place finish in a season-best time of 8.48 seconds. Samantha Collin-Reynolds got on the board for the Horned Frogs in the women's triple jump, posting a best jump of 38-7 1/2 (11.77m) for eighth place. TCU closed out its women's team scoring account with the team of Ashle Caldwell, Briyanni Thomas, Veronica Jones and Nefertari Hall finishing eighth in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:45.34.
TCU is next scheduled to compete in the NCAA Qualifiers March 1-2 in an effort to get student-athletes into the top-16 of their individual events or to get relays into the top-12. Participants and sites where they will be competing will be announced at a later date.