Silmon Advances to NCAAs Atop West Region 100

Six-time All-American Charles Silmon

Six-time All-American Charles Silmon

May 25, 2013


AUSTIN, Texas - Charles Silmon will be the top seed from the West Region in the 100-meter dash at the NCAA Championships in two weeks in Eugene, Ore. The senior posted the top qualifying mark in the 100 and positioned himself well in the 200 Friday at a rain-soaked Mike A. Myers Stadium.

"It was a long day today," TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. "The storm delay threw everyone's schedules off. Tomorrow is a big day with opportunities to advance to Eugene in every event we go at tomorrow. We need to get some rest so we are ready for tomorrow."

After stealing the show in yesterday's 100-meter dash first round with the NCAA's second-best 100 time of the year at 10.03, Silmon made it about survival today. A wet track and an eye on his 200-meter dash later in the night put the focus on getting through. The Horned Frogs senior was still able to post the top time of the night with his 10.23 running into a -0.5 m/s headwind.

Raymond Bozmans was able to move up the standings, but unable to attain a slot in Eugene for the 100-meter dash as he finished 18th in 10.65. He will get another chance to run again as part of the men's 4x100 relay team tomorrow.

Silmon's night was not done as he had to take care of business in the 200-meter dash prelims. He did just that as he was able to cruise to a heat victory in 20.59 to advance tomorrow's quarterfinal to advance to Eugene. Coming into this week, Silmon ranked No. 5 in the NCAA in the 200 with his 20.33 at the Big 12 Championships.

"He took care of business in the 100," Anderson noted. "He ran that 200 at 11:30 at night. It will be a short night of rest, but that will be the case for everyone who ran the 200. We will move forward and go from there in the relay and the 200. We take care of business, and then it is on to Eugene."

There have been many unique days and nights in the history of TCU track and field, but it will take something really odd to top the day Megan Smith had. Her day at Mike A. Myers Stadium started with her arrival at 10 a.m. for the first flight of the women's discus at noon. She won her flight with the second-best mark of her career of 167-5 (51.03m). Her final throw of prelims came at 12:36 p.m.

Then, during the second flight a large, wide-spreading storm took over the Austin area and delayed the meet for over six hours. The women's disc competition resumed a little after 8:30 p.m. and she was fifth after two flights, but the top-16 seeds in the West were still to go. Fortune was on Smith's side as she was able to stay in 13th going into the finals and earn three more throws. The sophomore came into the meet seeded No. 37 in the discus.

Her first throw of the finals came at 10:42 p.m., ending a 10-hour, six minute wait between throws. She was unable to improve on any of her three throws and finished in 14th, but 23 spots ahead of her seed. She will compete again tomorrow in the shot put.

"For Megan, it was a very long day," Anderson noted. "It started at 11 a.m with the warm ups and it ended at 11 p.m. with the finals. She showed staying power, and she should be recognized for how she sustained herself throughout the day."

Larissa Matthews earned a second run Saturday as she was able to advance to the quarterfinals of the women's 100-meter hurdles by finishing second in her heat in 13.80. Her finish earned her the No. 11 seed for tomorrow's quarterfinal to get to Eugene, and she had the 13th-fastest time among competitors.

A busy Saturday lies ahead for the Horned Frogs as they will take part in 10 events on the final day. The first events in the field begin at 1:30 p.m. with Samantha Reynolds in the women's triple jump. Action on the track starts at 6 p.m. with the women's 4x100-meter relay.



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