Silmon Explodes Out Of The Blocks Wednesday
June 6, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa - Charles Silmon opened the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium with a bang Wednesday becoming the first Horned Frog in almost 10 years to advance to the finals of the men's 100 meters.
"Today was a decent day for us," said head coach Darryl Anderson. "I was really pleased for Charles Silmon that he was able to make the finals in the 100 meters. He broke through a monumental barrier because it is hard to make the finals at an NCAA Championship. He ran 10.05 in a legal wind even though he made some mistakes down the stretch. He was leading the race at about 60 meters, which really bodes well for Friday. We will make some adjustments and see what he can do come Friday."
Silmon, who led his heat at the 60-meter mark, blazed to a personal-best time of 10.05 seconds in heat No. 2 to finish third overall with the fifth-fastest semifinal time Wednesday evening. The Waco native, who qualified for his first NCAA final, not only obliterated the previous Mountain West record of 10.13 seconds Wednesday, but clocked the fourth-fastest time all-time in program history. Silmon tied former Frog great and Olympic gold medalist Michael Frater, who clocked a 10.05 in 2004 to earn runner-up honors at the NCAA Championships in Austin. He will compete in the men's 100-meter finals on Friday night at 5:55 p.m.
"It feels really good to make the finals," said Silmon. "I just came in focused and tonight I was able to put together a good race, but I'm not satisfied. I have some areas to clean up, but we are going to make some changes and Friday I'll be ready to go."
On the women's side, Chaniqua Corinealdi crossed the finish line with a personal-best time of 11.42 seconds to place 15th overall in semifinal round action, but couldn't crack the final eight. Her time currently sits No. 9 in program history.
"Our relay teams didn't qualify, but there are 24 teams here and they only take the top-two from each heat to the final, so it makes it very difficult to get out," said Anderson. "I was pleased with how they performed today though. We will come back tomorrow and keep our game-face on, beginning with the women's long jump."
The men's 4x100 quartet of Skye Dawson, Silmon, Ramone Bailey and Mark Barnes opened the day clocking a seasonal-best time of 39.59 seconds to finish fourth in heat No. 2 and 11th overall, but unfortunately just missed advancing to Saturday's final round.
TCU will continue action tomorrow at nationals. The Frogs will open competition at 5:30 p.m. with the women's long jump.