March 25, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas - The TCU track and field program looked strong at the 36th Annual Bobby Lane Invitational, hosted by UT-Arlington at the Maverick Stadium Saturday.
Junior sprinter Charles Silmon continued his outdoor season with another impressive outing in the men's 100-meter dash, finishing first among collegians at 10.22 seconds. In a field that was littered with unattached competitors, Silmon was one of only two collegiate athletes to finish in the top-15 Saturday.
From the infield, junior Cameron Tabor led the way in the men's discus, sporting a top throw of 181-1 feet (55.19m), marking a new personal best. The Norman, Okla., has now picked up the discus title at the Bobby Lane Invite in back-to-back season. Tabor also continued his progression in the men's shot put, finishing fifth overall.
Senior Jack O'Brien excelled in the 800 meters, running 1:51.17 to lead all collegiate entries and place second overall. The Lantana, Texas product shaved off more than four seconds from his 800m clocking at the TCU Invitational on March 16.
The men's 4x100 relay team of freshman Ramone Bailey, senior O.J. Stoneham, Silmon and newcomer Joshua Washington got the day started on the track by rumbling around the oval to finish third overall at 40.45 seconds. TCU's 4x400 squad rounded out the evening on the men's side, finishing third overall. The team of freshman Joshua Washington, sophomore Lavon Collins, Silmon and O'Brien worked together to run a time of 3:13.15.
Other highlights on the men's side of competition include Collins rallying to place third overall in the 400-meter hurdles, while sophomore Jake Rossmango finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Rossmango moved to fourth in TCU's all-time list for the event at 9:38.90.
Junior sprinter Chaniqua Corinealdi turned heads on the women's team Saturday. The Killeen, Texas native enjoyed a personal-best clocking of 11.60 seconds to lead all collegians in the 100-meter dash, finishing just behind former Frog All-American Virgil Hodge. Corinealdi returned to the track to claim third overall in the women's 200-meter dash at 23.72 seconds behind Hodge and Olympian La Shauntea Moore.
Corinealdi also teamed up with senior Whitney Gipson, sophomore Veronica Jones and freshman Lorraine Ugen to win the women's 4x100 relay at 44.82 seconds. TCU completed the sweep of Saturday's relays as the quartet of sophomore Briyanni Thomas, newcomer Ashley Collins, freshman Neferteria Hall and junior Quinterra Charles led the 4x400 field at 3:39.86.
TCU's distance team also stepped up Saturday, as senior Kelly Dawson set a new school record in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. The Keller, Texas product rallied around the track to the tune of 10:38.40, finishing more than 18 seconds ahead of the next competitor. Juniors Agnes Kemboi (4:30.41) and Tricia Terry (4:31.35) came up big in the 1,500-meter run, each running new personal-best times to earn second and third place honors, respectively.
The Frogs' women claimed three spots in the shot put top-5 Saturday. Junior Kelsey Samuels led the squad with third-place recognition, followed by newcomer Megan Smith and Sara Talley in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Other standout performances came from the Frogs Saturday. Thomas turned in a personal-best time of 2:10.18 to earn second-place honors in the women's 800 meters, while Ashley Collins finished fourth overall in the 400 meters. Samantha Collins earned fourth-place honors in the long jump.
TCU will return to action March 28-31 for the historic Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.