Gipson Places Fourth Friday Morning

Charles Silmon

Charles Silmon

April 2, 2010


AUSTIN, Texas - Whitney Gipson soared to a fourth-place finish in the women's long jump on Friday to lead TCU in the morning session of the 83rd annual Texas Relays.

Gipson placed fourth overall, leaping 20 feet, 8 ½ inches on her fifth attempt, while senior Neidra Covington followed in eighth-place with a seasonal-best jump of 20 feet, 1 ½ inches.

The men's 4x100 quartet of Skye Dawson, Charles Silmon, Mychal Dungey and Mark Barnes opened the day clocking a preliminary time of 40.28 seconds. Overall, the unit finished second in heat No. 4 and sixth overall with the third-fastest time clocked at Mike A. Myers Stadium to qualify for Saturday's final.

On the women's side, Whitney Gipson, Chaniqua Corinealdi, Quinterra Charles and Kristal Juarez qualified for the finals, crossing the finish line with the ninth-fastest preliminary time on Friday morning.

In the prelims of the women's 100-meter hurdles, freshman Larissa Matthews posted a time of 13.71 seconds to place fourth in heat No. 5 and ninth overall to advance to the finals. Her time is ranked in the top 30 in the NCAA this spring.

Silmon, a freshman from Waco, came back later in the day to qualify for the finals of the men's 100 meters by winning heat No. 5 with a seasonal-best time of 10.45 seconds. Silmon closed Friday morning, finishing fifth overall in the prelims of the men's 100 meters.

TCU will continue competition tonight in Austin. Live results and video will be available on



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