March 7, 2013
FORT WORTH – It was only seven weeks ago that the TCU indoor track and field season was getting underway. This weekend, the indoor portion of the season wraps up with the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
Competition begins Friday with Lorraine Ugen competing in the women’s long jump at 5:30 p.m. Chaniqua Corinealdi will take to the track in the women’s 60-meter dash semifinals at 6:55 p.m. and Charles Silmon will follow in the men’s 60-meter dash semifinals at 7:05 p.m. If they can get into the top-eight, they will compete again on Saturday night with the women’s 60-meter dash final at 7:00 p.m. and the men’s final at 7:10 p.m.
“You always want to send more competitors to the national championships than what you have ,” TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. “Arkansas has 19 men this week, and then there is a big drop off to Florida at 11. On the women’s side there are only a couple with double digit teams. We would like to have more, but we are content with what we have with Lorraine, Chaniqua and Charles. Each one of them have interesting opportunities.”
This is the second appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships for all three, who competed in Idaho last season.
The NCAA Indoor Championships is very difficult to get into with only the top-16 at each event getting in based on times throughout the indoor season. There will not be many, if any, weak spots or slow heats this weekend.
“Coach (Shawn) Jackson and I laughed when looking through the heat sheets, because there are no weaknesses in any heats,” Anderson noted. “Some college superstar is going to finish last in each event because of the small fields. As an athlete, all you need to know is what heat and lane you are in.”
The common thread TCU’s three competitors have is that they earned their qualifying marks at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Corinealdi and Silmon picked up TCU’s first Big 12 titles across all sports with their wins in the 60-meter dash, and Ugen finished third in the women’s long jump competition.
Another unique twist to the competition is the quick turnaround with the dawn of outdoor season already on the horizon. The Horned Frogs’ outdoor season kicks off with the TCU Invitational March 14-15.
For now, the focus is on the track in Fayetteville.
“All of them can score this weekend,” Anderson concluded. “We will see how it will all turn out. Our goal is to make the finals and score. That is always our goal.”