May 25, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Junior Charles Silmon blazed to one of the top-performances in school history Friday night as TCU had four student-athletes automatically qualify for the final round of the NCAA Track and Field Championships on the second day of competition at the 2012 NCAA West Preliminary Round at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
"At the end of the day, we had a very good day at the track," said head coach Darryl Anderson. "Charles Silmon was really impressive in the 100 meters. He now has two weeks to continue to heal up and should be ready to go in two weeks in Des Moines. I am very pleased with how Lorraine and Chaniqua competed today. They both advanced, so we will be well represented in the women's 100 meters, which is good. I also thought Cameron Parker had a good day for us. He did what he had to do to qualify and punched his ticket to the final round of the NCAA meet. Overall, I feel pretty good about where we are at heading into tomorrow. We just have to come back and continue to advance as many individuals as we can."
Silmon exploded out of the blocks in the men's 100 meters Friday to automatically qualify for the 2012 NCAA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The Waco native clocked a personal-best time of 10.04 seconds to finish second in heat No. 2 and fourth overall. Silmon's wind-aided time would have not only blasted the previous Mountain West record of 10.13 seconds, but also would have been the fourth-fastest time ever recorded in program history, passing former Frog great and Olympic gold medalist Michael Frater. In all, the multiple All-America honoree posted the fastest time in over 10 years Friday night for the Frogs, joining the likes of Jon Drummond, Kim Collins and Raymond Stewart as the only Horned Frog student-athletes to ever record a time of 10.04 or lower in school history.
On the women's side, Lorraine Ugen and Chaniqua Corinealdi also advanced to Drake Stadium in two weeks, crossing the finish line with the eighth and 12th-fastest semifinal times. Ugen, who also qualified in the women's long jump Thursday, placed third in her heat, clocking a personal and seasonal-best time of 11.34 seconds, which is the eighth-fastest time ever recorded in program history. Corinealdi claimed the final spot Friday night, recording a personal-best time of 11.41 seconds to finish fourth in heat No. 3. The junior's time is currently the ninth-fastest time in school history.
Corinealdi moved on to Saturday's women's 200 meters semifinal round, placing third in heat No. 5 with a seasonal-best time of 23.70 seconds. The Killeen native posted the 14th-fastest preliminary round time Friday.
In the men's triple jump, junior Cameron Parker punched his ticket to the final round of the NCAA Championships, soaring to the 10th-best jump in Austin with a leap of 51 feet, 4 1/2 inches. In all, the Frogs have now advanced three-student-athletes in Whitney Gipson, Ugen and Parker to the final round of the NCAA Championships in the women's long jump and men's triple jump, respectively, marking the first time in Anderson's tenure that the Frogs have qualified three student-athletes to the NCAA meet in the jumps area.
TCU will close action tomorrow at the 2012 NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin. Competition will begin at 11:00 a.m. CT with the first round of the men's discus.