TCU Ready for NCAA Championships

Charles Silmon

June 4, 2013



"The Road to Eugene"

"The Road to Eugene" takes a look at the individual competitors or relays that will be competing at the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore. We will review their season both indoors and outdoors, look back at TCU's history in the event, who are the top contenders that will be in Eugene and what the future holds for TCU for those athletes and in those events.
• Women's 4x100 Relay
Men's 4x400 Relay
Men's 4x100 Relay
Lorraine Ugen
Cameron Parker
Charles Silmon

Watch Live (all times Central):
• Wed., June 5: 2 p.m. – Oregon/Pac-12 Network
• Thurs., June 6: 1 p.m. – Oregon/Pac-12 Network; 5:50 p.m. – ESPN3
• Fri., June 7: 2:30 p.m. – Oregon/Pac-12 Network; 6:30 p.m. – ESPNU/ESPN3
• Sat., June 8: 2:30 p.m. – Oregon/Pac 12 Network; 4 p.m. – ESPNU/ESPN3

FORT WORTH - This is it. Everything done throughout the season has led to four days in Eugene, Ore. as the TCU track and field teams ready to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships beginning Wednesday at Hayward Field.

“We are excited about the NCAA Championships,” TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. “It is a special time of year for everyone involved in college track and field. To be able to go to Eugene, Ore., TrackTown, USA, is exciting. The people of Eugene love track and field and the coverage and attention events get at Hayward Field is tremendous. It will be a great opportunity for all the teams in the country to get great exposure for our programs.”

Day one prelims on Wednesday being for the Frogs at 6 p.m. Central Time (4 p.m. in Eugene) with the semifinal round for the men’s and women’s 4x100-meter relays. Lorraine Ugen will compete for the title in the women’s long jump at 6:15 p.m. CT (4:15 Pacific) and Charles Silmon will take part in the semifinals round of the 100-meter dash at 7:45 p.m. Central (5:45 p.m. Pacific).

Day two will feature a couple of semifinal runs as Silmon will take part in the 200-meter dash at 6:15 p.m. Central. The men’s 4x400-meter relay semifinal will go off at 8:40 p.m. Central.

Day three will feature one of the marquee events of college track and field as Silmon will look to be in the final of the 100-meter dash at 7:10 p.m. Central.

Day four could be very busy with Cameron Parker taking part in the finals of the men’s triple jump at 2:30 p.m. Central. Action on the track begins with the men’s and women’s 4x100-meter relay finals at 4:05 p.m. Central. Silmon will look to take part in the 200-meter dash final at 4:50 p.m. Central. The meet will close with the men’s 4x400-meter relay final at 5:50 p.m. Central.

“We are looking forward to the challenge,” Anderson stated. “Everyone is going to have to step up and perform at a very high level. We did well at the West Preliminaries and I think our team will be up to the task.”

The TCU men’s track and field team are at one of its highest levels in recent times. The Horned Frogs men come into the NCAA Championships ranked No. 12 in the latest USTFCCCA Rankings, TCU’s highest ranking since the introduction of the rankings in 2008.

“Our men’s team comes in ranked in the top-15,” Anderson noted. “We have two relay teams who have the ability to get into the finals and can do good things. We have a guy in Charles Silmon who is one of the favorites going in. Cameron Parker is also ranked very high in the triple jump. We go to Eugene with possibilities.”

Silmon’s week in Eugene is filled with intrigue. With the possibility of six runs throughout the four days in some of the most high-profile events in all of track and field, the senior will have many great opportunities. However, he is not going to the Northwest to be a mere spectator, he is looking to be the one of the main attractions. He has earned the reputation.

Silmon was the top sprinter at the NCAA West Preliminaries two weeks ago in Austin. He posted personal best times in the 100-meter dash (10.03) and 200-meter dash (20.23) and goes into the meet with both times ranking in the top-three of the NCAA and the top-10 of the world. Monday, Silmon won the USTFCCCA South Central Region Track Athlete of the Year Award. He has also been named the Big 12’s Outstanding Male Performer of the Year and was an honorable mention for The Bowerman watch list, the most prestigious award in college track and field.

“Charles has made a name for himself as he prepares to put a cap on his TCU career,” Anderson said. “This can be a perfect way for him to wrap up everything he has done in four years. When you look back at it, you feel good about what he has accomplished. There has been a progression to his level of competition and performance. In theory, you always see that happening, but getting it to actually happen is the challenge. He has really done a good job, and we want to see him go out with a bang.”

Another men’s Frog who is poised for a high finish is Parker in the triple jump. He is one of five men at the NCAA Championships to jump over 53 feet this year with a season-best mark of 53-2 3/4 (16.22m). Parker was the Big 12 champion in the triple jump.

The TCU men’s relays offer intriguing possibilities. The men’s 4x100 has been hot as of late with a Big 12 Championship and the top mark at the NCAA West Preliminaries. The quartet of Harvey McSwain, Silmon, Ronnie Baker and Raymond Bozmans are ranked No. 9 of the teams in Eugene based on season-best marks. However, the Frogs beat four of the teams ahead of them at the West Prelims and in two meetings with No. 2 seed LSU, TCU came out on top.

The men’s 4x400 team is running hot at the right time after leaving the NCAA West Prelims with the fifth qualifying spot at ninth-best time across the East and West Preliminary meets. The group of Joshua Washington, Narada Jackson, Lavon Collins and Baker went 3:05.94 in Austin and will look to be the strong note to finish on that the TCU men desire.

“I think the relays have done a good job progressing throughout the year,” Anderson noted. “We have opportunities to continue to make the progress. It is important to our functioning as a team in this meet to have as many scoring possibilities as we can. That is especially important for that men’s 4x400 relay as the final event of the meet.”

On the women’s side, Lorraine Ugen offers the best opportunity to get the Frogs on the team standings board. The London native had a rough outdoor season after a fifth place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships, but came through with a season-best 20-9 3/4 (6.35m) at the West Preliminaries. If Ugen can find back the form of last season when she was jumping at a 22-feet level, she can shoot up the standings.

The women’s 4x100-meter relay is running the best they have all season. The quartet of Veronica Jones, Chaniqua Corinealdi, Larissa Matthews and Ugen finished third at the Big 12 Championships before a huge anchor leg by Ugen moved TCU into an automatic qualifying slot to Eugene.



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