March 30, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas – The TCU track and field program closed out the Texas Relays Saturday with a fast and historic day on the track. Charles Silmon ran one of the fastest 100-meter dash times in school history with his wind-aided 9.94 second mark, and the Horned Frogs’ men’s and women’s 4x100 teams and men’s 4x400 team posted season best marks.
“We have to take each race as an opportunity and we need to be able to get something out of every race we run,” TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. “There are not many weeks until the post-season meets and in that time I think we can become very good. The question is our mental approach. Where do our student-athletes want to be at the conference meet, the regionals and the NCAA Championships? We have to prepare with intent.”
Silmon made one of his biggest marks in TCU history Saturday during the invitational 100-meter dash. In a heat that featured multiple Olympians, the onus was on the senior to hold his own against the premier competition. With an assist from the wind, he did just that by finishing fourth, behind three U.S. Olympians, with a wind-aided 9.94 seconds. The wind was a 4.3 m/s and his time will not count for the NCAA rankings, or for the school record.
“Anytime a sprinter goes under 10 seconds it is an amazing experience,” Anderson noted. “For a lot of the race he was either leading the field or right there in second. It is a great learning experience to not only run with Olympians like Wallace Spearmon and Mike Rodgers, but to run toe-to-toe with them. That is something you don’t get to do every week.”
Silmon becomes only the third men’s sprinter in TCU history to run an all-conditions 100-meter dash below the 10-second barrier. The school record-holder in the event, Raymond Stewart, went a wind-aided 9.89 in the 1987 season to go with his legal school record of 9.97. Kim Collins ran a wind-legal 9.99 seconds 100 meters in 2001.
The men’s 4x100-meter relay team finished third in a tough field with a season-best time of 39.54 seconds. The quartet of Ramone Bailey, Silmon, Ronnie Baker and Raymond Bozmans was not able to catch the sub-39 second runs of Texas A&M and Florida, but was able to hold off LSU’s 39.56 that finished fourth.
“Silmon ran out of his mind today,” Anderson said. “However, he left Ramone a lot of work to do on the first exchange and put us in a tough spot. Charles made up for it on his run, but I think we left a second on the track. Then we go from running 39.5, to running 38.5 and that would have been incredible.”
The women’s 4x100 meter relay team of Veronica Jones, Chaniqua Corinealdi, Larissa Matthews and Lorraine Ugen finished eighth in the final with a time of 45.14.
“Even though we did not finish that high, we had a tough lane and not the best exchanges but still ran a solid time,” Anderson noted. “We have to fix our exchanges, we left a lot of time on the track with those exchanges. They need to be more confident and aggressive, and as coaches we need to hold them accountable. We could have been up in the top-four today.”
In the final event of the meet, the Cleburne Prince, Jr. University-Invitational men’s 4x400 relay, the squad of Baker, Lavon Collins, Bozmans and Joshua Washington finished eighth in a tough field that ended up producing the two fastest times in the world this year with a time 3:10.07.
TCU makes a trip out to UCLA next week for the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational that will feature the hosts UCLA and LSU as competition for the Horned Frogs.