May 25, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas – Charles Silmon continued his amazing month of May Saturday at the NCAA West Preliminaries at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Silmon posted the top qualifying time in the 200-meter dash and as part of the men’s 4x100-meter relay team. Those two come on top of being the West Region’s top qualifier in the men’s 100-meter dash.
Other TCU tickets that got punched to Eugene Saturday included Cameron Parker in the men’s triple jump, the women’s 4x100-meter relay and the men’s 4x400-meter relay.
“It was great that both our men’s relays got in among the those who made it today,” TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. “It helps that we can have more chances to score in Oregon. We have great chances to score big points in Eugene.”
After leading the men’s 4x100 relay team to the top qualifying mark of the West Preliminaries, Silmon had another big performance left for the Austin crowd. Running in the second heat of the 200-meter dash and next to USC star Bryshon Nellum, the Horned Frogs senior stole the show. He flew out of the corner, expanded his lead on the straightaway and even shut it down before the finish line to record a new personal best of 20.23. His time is tied for third in the NCAA across the 2013 outdoor season and ranks tied for eighth in the world. He also tied the Myers Stadium record that previously solely belonged to Curtis Mitchell of Texas A&M in 2010.
“Silmon took care of business,” Anderson noted. “He earned his personal best in the 100 on Thursday and then he got a PR in the 200 today. That is an attribute to his work ethic. With the humidity and the amount of races he ran, the efforts he posted bode well for his chances in Eugene. He has three events to focus on. He needs to get fresh and ready mentally.
The Horned Frogs posted the top time of the day in the men’s 4x100-meter relay. The TCU quartet of Harvey McSwain, Silmon, Ronnie Baker and Raymond Bozmans earned their trip to Eugene with a mark of 39.49. The senior Silmon was joined by a trio of freshmen on the sprint relay.
It was business as usual for Parker in the men’s triple jump as the senior secured his ticket to Eugene with a third jump of 52-5 1/4 (15.98m) to secure fourth place on the day. He will make the final round of the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second year a row.
“All we asked from Cameron was to get his one jump,” Anderson stated. “He took care of business and has a great chance to score in Oregon.”
The TCU men closed out the evening with the 4x400 relay team of Joshua Washington, Narada Jackson, Lavon Collins and Baker finishing second in their heat in a season-best mark of 3:05.94. The time cut almost a second-and-a-half off the Horned Frogs’ previous season-best.
“The men’s 4x4 can still make another step,” Anderson noted. “The objective in Eugene is to make the final and to do that we are going to have to take another step to get there. We are going to have to continue to improve. For three and three-quarters of that race, we ran neck and neck with Arkansas, the indoor champs and collegiate record holders. We definitely have the ability to do it.”
The TCU women’s 4x100 was able to take care of business to advance to Eugene as the quartet of Veronica Jones, Chaniqua Corinealdi, Larissa Matthews and Lorraine Ugen finished third in their heat to earn an automatic qualifying slot. They finished in a season-best time of 44.68.
“Ugen came through for us in the end,” Anderson said. “It was not pretty, but they got an automatic spot.”
Kelsey Samuels came very close to making the trip to Eugene to in the women’s shot put. Her second round throw of 52-6 (16.00m) put her in 12th after the first three rounds. However, she was unable to improve and ended up finishing in 14th place. She came into the meet as the No. 23 seed in the event.
The TCU contingent traveling to Eugene will include Silmon in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash, Parker in the triple jump Ugen in the long jump, the men’s and women’s 4x100 relay and the men’s 4x400 relay.
The final rounds of the NCAA Championships will take place June 5-8 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.