April 13, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - The TCU track and field teams had a strong showing Saturday at the Texas Invitational at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The Horned Frogs earned six event wins, including a sweep of the four relay events, and two school records to go with numerous seasonal and personal bests.
"We have three weeks before Big 12s and we have to use these performances as preparation," TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. "We can't get too excited about the Texas Invitational because we have big meets ahead. We can't take today as an ending point, this has to be a starting point."
The Horned Frogs women's throwers continued their strong campaign. Megan Smith posted two second place finishes in the shot put and the discus. In the shot, Smith recorded a career-best throw with a 54-0 1/2 (16.47m), improving by over seven inches off her personal best set at the Bobby Lane Invitational last month. In the discus, Smith took down TCU's school record with a throw of 167-10 (51.16m), beating her mark of 165-5 (50.42m) from last week at UCLA.
Kelsey Samuels found her form in the women's shot put and hammer throw. Samuels posted a career-best shot put toss of 52-10 (16.10m), improving on her career-best from last season by two-and-a-half inches. The throw also helped break a funk she had been in for the event, with her previous best in 2013 being 50-6 3/4 at the TCU Invitational.
In the hammer throw, Samuels crushed her school record en route to finishing fourth with a throw of 176-0 (53.64m). The previous school record was Samuels' 162-11 (49.67m) from the Bobby Lane Invitational last month. Samuels had four throws over 50 meters.
"Today was another demonstration of consistency," Anderson noted. "Megan has been consistent all year, and Kelsey is beginning to find her consistency. The best part was that it was not just that they were performing in the shot put, but in their other events."
On the track the Horned Frogs were the leaders in the relay events. TCU demonstrated improvement in both their 4x400-meter relays. The women's squad of Ashle Caldwell, Briyanni Thomas, Chaniqua Corinealdi and Veronica Jones took the win in 3:39.50. The time was over seven seconds faster than the Frogs' previous season-best from last week at UCLA. The men's quartet of Joshua Washington, Lavon Collins, Harvey McSwain and Ronnie Baker took the win in 3:07.38.
"We competed against a handful of Big 12 schools today," Anderson stated. "That in itself is a reason we should want to continue to get better. I was not happy with how we practiced on Thursday, so it was good to see they are getting the message."
In the women's 4x100-meter relay of Jones, Corinealdi, Larissa Matthews and Lorraine Ugen held off Big 12 rivals Baylor to get the win in 45.25. The men's 4x100 relay of Ramone Bailey, Charles Silmon, Baker and Raymond Bozmans earned the win in 39.70.
Silmon picked up his third win of the season with his best legal mark of the season in the 100-meter dash at 10.23.
The Frogs also had a strong day in the horizontal jumps. Ugen took the women's long jump title as she continues to regain her All-American form with a wind-aided 20-5 (6.22m). In the women's triple jump, Samantha Collins-Reynolds had a breakthrough performance with a best jump of 40-6 3/4 (12.36m) to finish second. The senior only had one career jump over 12 meters, and it was wind-aided. Saturday, she recorded four wind-legal jumps of at least 12 meters.
TCU also got strong performances in the women's 1,500-meter run. Agnes Kemboi moved up to fourth in TCU history with a time of 4:28.82 to finish second. Tricia Terry made her outdoor season debut with a third-place 4:31.21, also a career-best time.
TCU returns to action next weekend. Select competitors will travel to Los Angeles for the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday. The remainder of the TCU squad will go to the Michael Johnson Classic in Waco on Saturday.