March 29, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas – TCU continued its busy week on the track with big performances at both the Texas Relays and the Stanford Invitational.
“It was a good day today,” Anderson said. “We had some good performances and we look forward to coming back here tomorrow and getting to run some relays.”
TCU picked up two third-place finishes at the Texas Relays in the field Friday. In the men’s triple jump, Cameron Parker posted the best mark of his career with a leap of 52-10 (16.10m). The mark was almost six inches better than his previous best set last season, and moves him into fourth place in TCU history for the event.
For the first time in over a month Megan Smith competed in a women’s shot put competition and did not leave with a new personal best. However, Smith was not far off as her third-place throw of 53-3 1/2 (16.24m) was only a foot-and-a-half off her personal record.
“Megan is being consistent with her good performances,” Anderson noted. “This will benefit her later on in the season.”
Ramone Bailey was also coming off a career-best last week, jumping over 25 feet for the first time in his TCU career in the men’s long jump. In the night session, Bailey recorded a solid jump of 24-9 3/4 (7.56m) to finish eighth in a challenging field.
The TCU sprint relays set itself up for second run in both the men’s and women’s 4x100-meter relay in the morning session. The men’s 4x100 team of Bailey, Charles Silmon, Ronnie Baker and Raymond Bozmans are seeded fourth after a prelim run of 40.02. The Horned Frogs women’s 4x100 of Veronica Jones, Chaniqua Corinealdi, Larissa Matthews and Lorraine Ugen will be seeded eighth in 45.65.
Another successful relay was the men’s sprint medley relay team as the group of Lavon Collins, Narada Jackson, Joshua Washington and Justin Chambers finished fifth in 3:24.58.
At the Stanford Invitational, TCU’s two runners on the day had big performances. In the evening session, Agnes Kemboi finished 10th in a competitive section, but posted the best time of her career in 16:14.77. The time, 14 seconds faster than her previous best at TCU, put her second in school history only a second-and-half off of the school record of 16:13.30.
In the first running event of the Stanford Invitational, Ashley Eckhoff finished first in her section of the women’s 5,000-meter run. The freshman finished in 16:37.38 to move her up to fourth in school history in the event. Her time could potentially qualify her for the NCAA West Preliminaries later on in the season. Last year’s cut-off time was 16:38.
TCU will finish up competition tomorrow at the Texas Relays. The Horned Frogs’ first event will be the men’s 4x200-meter relay at noon.