Jan. 11, 2013
FORT WORTH – The TCU track and field season begins next week when the Horned Frogs compete at the Auburn Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. As TCU enters its first season in the Big 12, building depth for the future is the key for the Horned Frogs in 2013.
The return of All-American Charles Silmon means TCU will have one of the nation’s elite sprinters on the blocks. Silmon earned first-team All-American honors in the outdoor 100-meter dash and second-team All-America distinction in the indoor 60-meter dash and outdoor as part of the 4x100-meter relay team. In the summer, Silmon was a semifinalist in the 100 and 200-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic Trials and won two medals at the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) U-23 Championships.
There are many underclassmen sprinters who will be looking to make an impact. A freshman class of five sprinters will be on the track for the Horned Frogs. Among the group is Raymond Bozmans, a Track and Field News high school All-American from Fort Collins, Colo. with a personal best of 10.27 in the outdoor 100-meter dash.
The Horned Frogs will also be strong in the jumps, with a pair of MWC Champions returning. Cameron Parker was a three-time MWC Champion in the triple jump (once indoors, twice outdoors) and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the outdoor triple jump last season. Ramone Bailey won the MWC title in the outdoor long jump last year.
The throws group will be without Cameron Tabor, an MWC Champion in the indoor and outdoor shot put, who has elected to redshirt for both indoor and outdoor campaigns. TCU will still be well represented in the throws by Paul Osunwa, an all-conference honoree in the outdoor shot put and freshman Adam Damadzic, a United Kingdom Olympic Trials finalist in the discus.
Head coach Darryl Anderson’s outlook for the men’s team:
“There will be some growing that needs to take place. However, we will have the opportunity to have a really strong men’s team this season. We have five really talented freshman sprinters, and our returning student-athletes are going to have to step up.”
Two-time NCAA long jump champion Whitney Gipson has moved on to her professional career. However, TCU will feature one of the nation’s top jumpers in Lorraine Ugen. The sophomore from London qualified for the NCAA Championships in the indoor and outdoor long jump. Ugen has the nation’s top returning indoor long jump mark from last season 21-4 ¼. In the summer, Ugen finished second in the UK Olympic Trials in the long jump, missing the Olympic qualifying mark by only one centimeter.
In the sprints, Chaniqua Corinealdi is a returning All-American, earning second-team distinctions in the outdoor 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay and indoor honorable mention in the 60-meter dash. The senior collected four Mountain West conference titles last year, including a sweep of the indoor 60 and 200-meter dash.
The TCU women’s distance races will also be strong, led by two-time NCAA Cross Country Championships qualifier Agnes Kemboi. She will be joined by fellow seniors Tricia Terry and Katie Dalton along with a strong freshman class led by Ashley Eckhoff and Laura Orlie to form a talented, and deep, distance group.
In the throws, Kelsey Samuels was an All-MWC honoree in the indoor shot put and won at the Penn Relays in the shot put. Megan Smith is a versatile thrower, earning all-conference honors in the indoor and outdoor shot put and holding school records in the discus and hammer throw for outdoors. When outdoor season begins in March, TCU will turn to Makena Schroder in the javelin. The freshman was a two-time state champion in Oregon.
A competitor the staff is looking to for a big jump is Larissa Matthews. The hurdler had a better 2012, earning a conference title in the outdoor 100-meter hurdles and all-conference in the indoor 60-meter hurdles. However, the senior will be looking to return to the form that saw her qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2010.
Coach Anderson's outlook for the women’s team:
“The nucleus of the women’s team will be Lorraine Ugen. We are expecting big things from Chaniqua (Corinealdi) this year. Agnes (Kemboi) will lead a very good distance group this year.”