Charles Silmon won three Big 12 titles Sunday
May 5, 2013
WACO, Texas – Charles Silmon put on one of the most impressive performances in TCU and Big 12 Championships history Sunday at the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex. The senior from Waco won three conference titles, earned the Big 12 Men’s High Point Scorer Award and moved in the NCAA lead for the 200-meter dash.
“Charles is a role model for our team and where we are trying to go,” TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. “He was the high-point scorer in the meet, he got a personal best in the 200 by three-tenths and by the end of the meet everything he touched turned to gold. His 4x100 and 100 was also outstanding.”
Silmon’s performance helped the TCU men finish sixth in the team standings with 75 points. The Horned Frogs women finished ninth with 39 points.
“I thought our men fought well,” Anderson noted. “We brought only 15 guys to the meet, so we were very efficient. As for the women, we just have to get better.” The first part starts next year when we bring in a large crop of new student-athletes. We have to be able to fight for our positions at conference meets. I feel good about where we can go.”
After earning two Big 12 titles in the 4x100-meter dash and the 100-meter dash, Silmon had one more outstanding performance for his hometown crowd. Less than an hour after winning the 100, the Waco native put on a huge performance in the 200-meter dash by winning in a career-best time of 20.33. The time moved Silmon into the lead in the NCAA and is the sixth fastest time in the world this year.
“Coach Anderson wanted me to get out in front,” Silmon said. “I got the edge in the race and I came out with the win. It has been great running in front of this crowd. Today has had many special moments.”
Also running in the finals for the Horned Frogs was Narada Jackson and Harvey McSwain. The duo finished fifth and sixth running identical 21.21 times, but Jackson got in ahead at 21.208 compared to McSwain’s 21.210.
Silmon and Raymond Bozmans made the 100-meter dash their own, finishing first and second respectively. Silmon did his job as the favorite of the race, taking the win in a wind-aided 10.18 seconds, but it was the freshman Bozmans who rose to the occasion, running his best time at TCU for the event in 10.45, and assisting the Horned Frogs to 18 team points in the event.
“One of the most important events of the day was the 100,” Anderson noted. “We got the points in the 100-meter dash we needed, and we saw a promising sign for the future with Ray’s performance.”
Silmon won his fourth conference title in the 100-meter dash, having taken the previous three in the Mountain West. He also continued a unique streak, marking the 10th time in a row a Horned Frog has won a conference title in the 100 meters. The streak started in 2004 with two-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Frater.
Silmon’s first Big 12 title of the day came on the 4x100-meter relay team. Silmon, joined by a freshman trio of Ronnie Baker, Bozmans and Harvey McSwain, crossed the line first in a time of 39.61. It was TCU’s eighth consecutive year of winning the men’s 4x100 relay at a conference championships after winning all seven in their Mountain West tenure.
The first Big 12 champion for TCU in outdoor track and field was Cameron Parker. Parker set an immediate high standard for the field to beat with a legal career-best of 53-2 3/4 (16.22m), which also set the Hart-Patterson Stadium record for the event. Parker’s third jump was even better, recorded a wind-aided 53-3 3/4 (16.25m). He watched on as the NCAA Indoor champion in the long jump, Bryce Lamb of Texas Tech, posted a big final jump, but he fouled allowing Parker to take the win.
“It feels really good to be a Big 12 champion,” Parker said. “This is my first time here, and I am pleased with the performance I had today. Now it is time to get ready for nationals.”
Parker won his third consecutive conference title, as he was the 2011 and 2012 champion in the Mountain West.
TCU’s men closed out the meet on a high note with 4x440-yard relay of Joshua Washington, Baker, Lavon Collins and Jackson finishing second in 3:08.77.
“We finished last indoors on the men’s side, and by a lot,” Anderson stated. “So we need to continue to see that kind of progress. We are getting better, but we have to keep that momentum and we have to continue to add the right kids.”
The Horned Frogs had two representatives in the 400-meter dash final. Baker’s second run of the day netted him a fourth place finish in 46.18, and Narada Jackson’s first event of the day saw him take eighth in 47.05.
“Ronnie did really well out in lane eight,” Anderson said. “He is well on his way to running in the 45-second range, which would be big for our program.”
Collins also got onto the board for the Horned Frogs in the 400 hurdles, taking fifth in a career-best time of 51.55.
The TCU women started their day on the track with a season-best mark in the women’s 4x100-meter relay of 44.70, which was good enough to finish third. The quartet of Veronica Jones, Chaniqua Corinealdi, Larissa Matthews and Lorraine Ugen continued to do the job for the Frogs, having run together in all of TCU’s 4x100’s this outdoor season.
Matthews doubled up on the day with a fourth place finish in the 100 hurdles, finishing in a wind-aided time of 13.35. Ugen would also have a double of her own, finishing seventh in the 100-meter dash in 11.63.
TCU got more points in the throws as Megan Smith and Kelsey Samuels both got on the board in the women’s discus. Smith finished fifth with a best throw of 162-2 (49.43m) and Samuels got a point for finishing eighth in 157-2 (47.91m).
“Megan’s performance is what we need more of on the women’s side,” Anderson noted. “She was able to step up against some good competition and score some points for the team.”
Makena Schroder finished seventh in the women’s javelin with a throw of 141-0 (42.98m). Tricia Terry scored a point for the Horned Frogs in the 1,500-meter run in 4:34.90. Briyanni Thomas added a point in the 800-meter run with her eighth place finish in 2:11.16.
TCU will find out who its qualifiers are for the NCAA West Preliminaries in the coming weeks. The Horned Frogs will then travel to Austin for the NCAA West Preliminaries May 23-25.