Bozmans Putting the Pieces Together
Feb. 21, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU sprinter Raymond Bozmans knows the key to his success hinges on his ability to get out of his own way.
"I have to learn to trust everything," he said. "Before, I would panic and I would fall behind (early in races) and throw everything out the window that Coach (Darryl) Anderson told me. Now I've seen it before and I stick with the plan."
"Ray loves track, which is good, and he's a smart, intelligent guy being an engineering major and he's very analytical, but that hurts his progression. For him it's bad because he thinks about everything," Anderson said. "When the starter says 'Go to your marks' everything must become reactionary. He's getting better at that, but he's not 100 percent yet, but he's getting better."
Bozmans came to TCU last year from Fort Collins, Colo., as a heavily decorated high school sprinter. He was a four-year letter winner at Fort Collins High School and was a Track and Field News high school all-American in the 100 meters. He became the first athlete in Colorado high school history to earn state titles in the 100, 200, and 400 meters in the same season.
He is also the Colorado high school state record holder in the 100-meter dash at 10.27 seconds.
When first arriving to TCU, those credentials, Anderson said, may have worked against him.
"Ray came in as a high school all-American and he had some lofty achievements, so I think he had internal pressure he put on himself to be really good," Anderson said.
Add in the fact he was training and competing side-by-side with Frog great Charles Silmon, who won the NCAA Championship in the 100 meters last year.
Bozmans paid attention to Silmon and learned what made him special.
"Last year with Charles it was cool having him at practice all the time because I got to see him and how he works," Bozmans said.
"He watched everything Charles was doing, and Charles tried to share as much as he could with him while he was going thought the process of becoming the top sprinter in the country," Anderson said.
With a year under his belt, Bozmans is continuing to blossom.
With his 6.60 time in the 60 meters at the New Mexico Invitational in early February, Bozmans ranks first in the Big 12 Conference and is 11th in the nation.
"Coach told me last year if I could put things together I could be right there," he said. "This year, I am slowing putting the pieces together and figuring out all the stuff he's been talking to me about."
Anderson sees more success in Bozmans' future with continued hard work.
"It's a matter of time before he does something special. I think he has the opportunity to be the next in the great line of sprinters to come through TCU," Anderson said. "He's talented enough to do that. We're hoping and anticipating that that day will come."
Bozmans and the Frogs will compete in the Big 12 Indoor Championships Feb. 28-March 1 in Ames, Iowa.