March 16, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas – The TCU track and field program compiled seven first-place finishes at the Horned Frog Invitational Friday, competing against Baylor, Houston, North Texas, SMU, Texas State, Texas and UT-Arlington at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex.
“I thought today was a mixed bag for us,” TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. “Our field event kids did a tremendous job. Our throwers on the men’s and women’s side did a great job. Lorraine Ugen jumped 22-5. Wow, a big PR for her. I thought we also had some shining moments on the track. Jack O’Brien and Briyanni Thomas ran well in the 800, while Agnes Kemboi was solid in the women’s 3,000 meters. Charles Silmon ran 10.18 in the 100 meters, a new personal-best for him and that was one of the only races of the day that wasn’t wind-aided, so I’m happy for him. All in all, it was a mixed bag, but it something to work with as we continue to get better.”
Junior sprinter Charles Silmon enjoyed an impressive outing in the men’s 100-meter dash, blazing to a personal-best time of 10.18 seconds to lead all collegiate competitors. The only man in the complex faster than Silmon was U.S. Olympian Wallace Spearmon, while the Waco, Texas native surpassed former TCU All-Americans Otis McDaniel and Mychal Dungey.
Senior Jack O’Brien got off to a good start in his final outdoor campaign, leading the way in the men’s 800 meters with a time of 1:55.59. Junior Lavon Collins also stood out for TCU Friday, claiming second-place honors in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.36 seconds.
From the infield, junior Cameron Tabor paced all collegiate shot putters with a new career-best mark of 58-9 ½ feet (17.92m), finishing second overall.
TCU’s 4x400 rounded out the evening on the men’s side, finishing second among collegiate teams and third overall. The team of Justin Chambers, Collins, O’Brien and freshman Joshua Washington worked together to start the outdoor season with a time of 3:16.18.
Freshman Lorraine Ugen highlighted the action on the women’s side, leading all women’s long jumpers with a top mark of 22-5 feet (6.38m). The London, England product nailed her best leap on her third attempt, moving to fourth all-time on TCU’s all-time list. Prior to her long jump, Ugen also enjoyed finished in the top-10 of the women’s 100-meter dash.
Sophomore Briyanni Thomas and junior Agnes Kemboi also picked up wins for TCU Friday. Thomas, a native of Fort Bend, Texas, led all runners in the women’s 800 meters with a time of 2:12.47, while Kemboi made the 3,000 meters look easy with a top time of 9:51.95. Senior Kelly Dawson picked up a 1,500-meter win early in the day with junior Tricia Terry hot on her heels for second-place honors.
Juniors Kelsey Samuel and Sara Talley hauled in a couple of victories from the thrower’s side of things. Samuels, a Mesquite, Texas standout, enjoyed a top shot put performance of 50-10 ¾ feet (15.51m) Friday, while Talley led all javelin competitors with a long toss of 128-4 feet (39.12m) Thursday.
The women’s relays also gave encouraging third-place outcomes in the outdoor opener. The 4x100 squad of Whitney Gipson, Chaniqua Corinealdi, Veronica Jones and Ugen led off the evening with a third-place decision, while the 4x400 team of Thomas, Ashley Collins, Neferteria Hall and Quinterra Charles ended the meet with bronze considerations.
The high school division of the Horned Frog Invitational will begin on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the boy’s and girl's long jump. TCU will next be in action at the Bobby Lane Invitational, March 24, in Arlington, Texas.