May 28, 2013
FORT WORTH – The TCU men’s track and field program received its highest ever ranking from the USTFCCCA Tuesday when the Frogs moved up eight spots to No. 12 in the pre-NCAA Outdoor Championships rankings.
This is TCU’s highest ever ranking from the USTFCCCA since the inception of the rankings in 2008. The Frogs previously spent two weeks at No. 13 during the 2008 outdoor season. The Horned Frogs are also the second-highest ranked Big 12 men's program this week, with only the No. 8 Texas Longhorns ahead of them.
The rankings take into account all 2013 outdoor performances by competitors who will be partaking in the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Two personal bests runs by Charles Silmon has again been the main reason for TCU’s strength in the standings. Last week at the NCAA West Preliminaries, Silmon began the meet with a 10.03 in the first round of the 100-meter dash. He ranks No. 2 in the NCAA in the event. In his final run in Austin, Silmon dominated the field with a 20.23 in the 200-meter dash. He is tied for third in the NCAA in the event. Both of his marks rank in the top-10 in the world in 2013.
The removal of those not competing in Eugene next week benefitted TCU’s ranking as Cameron Parker moved up to No. 2 in the nation in the triple jump. The nation’s previously ranked No. 2 triple jumper, Hammed Suleman of Cal, finished 32nd at the West Preliminaries and will not compete in Eugene.
The men’s 4x100-meter relay team comes in at No. 9 in the USTFCCCA rankings for its 39.42 at the UCLA-LSU double-dual meet in April, but the Frogs have big aspirations for Eugene as they go into the NCAA Championships as the No. 4 seed based off of performances at the preliminary meets, including the top seed out of the West Region.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Joshua Washington, Narada Jackson, Lavon Collins and Ronnie Baker posted a season-best time of 3:05.94 in Austin that moved them up to No. 13 in the USTFCCCA rankings. However, the mile relay is another event TCU has bigger plans for as they came out of the regional meets as the No. 9 seed.
TCU will be in action at the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 5-8 at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.