Ronnie Baker ranks in the NCAA top-22 in the 400-meter dash and 4x100 and 4x440 relays.
May 7, 2013
FORT WORTH – The TCU men’s track and field team has entered the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Rankings at No. 17. The Horned Frogs enter the USTFCCCA top-25 for the first time since 2011, and has not been as high as No. 17 since ranking No. 16 going into the 2008 Mountain West Championships.
“At the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships we were last,” TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. “The men’s team has elevated itself to where they are now ranked in the top-20 nationally. It says a lot about the work they have put in this season.”
Charles Silmon’s performance at the Big 12 Championships has been a big reason for the TCU rise in the rankings. The six-time All-American is ranked in the top-10 of three events. Silmon is the NCAA leader in the 200-meter dash with his mark of 20.33 and is ranked ninth in the 100-meter dash with his wind-aided 10.18. He is also part of the eighth-ranked 4x100-meter relay team from the UCLA-LSU double-dual meet in April. He was joined on the team by Ramone Bailey, Ronnie Baker and Raymond Bozmans.
Cameron Parker’s top legal triple jump of the Big 12 Championships of 53-2 3/4 (16.22m) moved him up to third in the NCAA rankings. Along with the 4x100, Baker moved up to No. 20 in the nation in the 400-meter dash with his 46.18 in Waco. Lavon Collins also improved his national ranking last weekend, moving up to No. 26 in the 400-meter hurdles at 51.55.
TCU was already ranked in the NCAA top-25 in the long jump and 4x400-meter relay prior to this weekend, and is credited in the rankings for both performances. Bailey is ranked 21st in the long jump for his 25-0 3/4 (7.64m) at the Baylor Quad Meet in March. The men’s 4x400 team of Joshua Washington, Collins, Harvey McSwain and Baker rank No. 22 in the polls for their 3:07.38 at the Texas Invitational in April.
The performances of these men among others helped the TCU men’s team improve from a ninth-place finish with 38 team points at the Big 12 Indoor Championships to a sixth-place finish with 75 team points at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.