June 20, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - Four past and present members of the TCU track and field program competed Thursday at the USA Track and Field Championships from Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Raymond Bozmans placed fourth in the junior division 100-meter dash and Charles Silmon and Jessica Young both advanced to the semifinals of their respective 100-meter dashes.
In his first action since winning the NCAA title in the men's 100-meter dash, Silmon's first professional race saw him running next to 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Justin Gatlin. Silmon showed his strong start and was able to control his race and finish ahead of Gatlin to win the heat in 10.35 while running into a -2.9 m/s wind.
"It went well," Silmon said. "I just wanted to get through the round. I had faith in myself to advance. I wanted to run my own first 50 before checking where Gatlin was and make sure I ran with him. I got some rest, and I feel much better."
Young started her meet with advancement to the women's 100-meter dash semifinals. The seven-time All-American and 2011 NCAA Championships runner-up in the 100-meter dash, finished second in her heat in 11.30 while running into a -1.4 m/s wind. Her time was the third-fastest among the qualifiers for tomorrow's semifinal.
"The plan was just to stay in my drive phase as long as I can," Young said. "I wanted to focus on staying down, and I was able to advance. The winds were challenging, and you have to be able to run in any conditions."
Bozmans was the first Frog to get into action by taking part in the men's junior 100-meter dash. After ensuring his advancement by finishing second in his heat, the final was up against a daunting -4.8 m/s wind. He got off to a rough start, but was able to rally to finish in fourth place with a mark of 10.75 seconds. Bozmans was the Big 12 Championships runner-up in the 100 and a member of TCU's first-team All-America 4x100 relay squad.
Ashley Eckhoff started the women's junior 5,000-meter run, and was in the middle of the pack halfway through before electing to pullout due to injury. The freshman wrapped up her first year representing TCU in the all-time top-five for the women's 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000-meter run.
Silmon and Young will run in the semifinals with an aim to make the eight-athlete finals tomorrow. The semifinal rounds of the 100s will start at 6:30 p.m. with the women and 6:45 p.m. for the men. The women's 100 final is slated for 8:42 p.m. and the men's final at 8:52 p.m. Coverage of competition will begin at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. All events prior to that can be seen on usatf.tv.