March 15, 2013
Complete Results | Highlights
FORT WORTH - The TCU Invitational wrapped up with the Horned Frogs taking wins in five events Friday in front of a large crowd at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex. On the men's side, Lavon Collins won the 400-meter hurdles, Cameron Parker won the triple jump and the TCU team of Ronnie Baker, Charles Silmon, Harvey McSwain and Raymond Bozmans won the 4x100-meter relay. For the women's team, Larissa Matthews won the women's 100-meter hurdles and Megan Smith took the women's shot put title.
"I'm pleasantly content with where we are right now," TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. "We have quick turnarounds the rest of the season with us competing the next six weeks. We have to take care of business on the days that we have to prepare. The message to the team is that we expect a competitive environment over the next seven weeks."
Not all great performances have to come when crossing the line first. Proof of that came in multiple events, such as Ramone Bailey in the men's 100-meter dash. The sophomore, more well-known for his work in the long jump than in the sprints, took advantage of a big wind at his back to put up a time of 10.31 seconds. Anderson enjoys the added competition this will bring to his young sprints group.
"He put himself in a position where next week he will run on our 4x100 relay," Anderson noted. "That is good. As a coach, you want that competition. The rest of the kids that are in that environment understand that it is not surprising that there are more than four good guys."
Another performance that earned high praise though not a first-place finish came from Veronica Jones in the women's 200-meter dash. The junior and two-time relay All-American got a personal record run of 23.15 en route to taking second place. Though wind-aided at over 2.0 meters per second, and thus not counting towards the record books, the wins was under 4.0 meters per second, thus being allowed to count towards qualification for the NCAA West Preliminaries.
"It was a huge break for her," Anderson said. "Every time that we go out and compete, we look for that one person to surprise the coaching staff. We got a big one today with her. Next week is big for her because the bar is high for her now in both our eyes and the team's eyes."
In the field, Smith continued her fantastic season both indoors and outdoors with another career-best throw in the women's shot put contest. Though already among the leaders after two throws, Smith unloaded her best throw of 52-10 (16.10m) in the third round to put her well ahead of the field. She won the competition by 10 inches.
The men's shot put also featured a notable TCU performance as Paul Osunwa's second place in the men's shot put saw him hit a mark of 56-0 (17.07m).
With hosting a home meet, it allowed for TCU to give some of their redshirting student-athletes a chance to compete unattached. On the track, freshmen Michael Owusu-Peprah and Sam Watts put up good times with Owusu-Peprah running a wind-aided 10.48 and Watts a wind-aided 10.52 in the men's 100-meter dash. Watts came back with another big run in the men's 200-meter dash, running a wind-aided 20.64.
"We had two guys redshirting who ran well," Anderson said. "We have a group of five freshmen sprinters who have a very bright future in terms of where they can be."
TCU will be split up next week with the runners going to compete at the Baylor Quad Meet on Friday in Waco. The Horned Frogs throwers will be going over to Arlington to compete in the Bobby Lane Invitational on Friday and Saturday.