"By The Numbers" - Charles Silmon

June 10, 2013

FORT WORTH - A week from today, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) will announce the semifinalist lists for The Bowerman, the most prestigious award given out in college track and field. The lists, which will consist of 10 men and 10 women, recognize the best of the best from the 2013 track and field season.

TCU sprinter Charles Silmon has not made the watch list all year, but had begun to creep into the minds of The Bowerman panel of experts in recent weeks after strong performances at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships and the NCAA West Preliminaries. In the end, the lists become defined by the performances at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Silmon blazed his own path during his victory in the men's 100-meter dash final, winning the fastest 100-meter final in the history of the NCAA Championships.

In this "By The Numbers" feature, the case for Silmon to be a semifinalist for The Bowerman is presented.

0 - Number of collegians Charles Silmon lost to in the 100-meter dash during the 2013 outdoor season. The only time Silmon did not finish first in a 100-meter dash was in the Invitational 100 at the Texas Relays, where he finished behind three U.S. Olympians.

0.32 - Amount of time Silmon cut off his personal best in the 200-meter dash at the Big 12 Championships. He came into the conference championships with a PR of 20.65 seconds before taking the mark down to a then-NCAA leading time of 20.33.

2 - As in the number of men in TCU history to win a men's 100-meter dash title. Silmon joins Raymond Stewart, who won in 1987 and 1989, as the only men to take the NCAA's fastest crown.

3 - The number of times Silmon has run an all-conditions 100-meter dash under 10 seconds during the 2013 outdoor season.

3 - Number of sub-10 second times run during the final of the 100-meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Silmon's wind-aided 9.89 was joined by Florida State's Dentarius Locke running a 9.91 and Ole Miss' Isaiah Young posting a 9.96.

3 - Number of freshmen that joined Silmon on TCU's 4x100 relay. The senior helped guide the freshmen trio of Ronnie Baker, Raymond Bozmans and Harvey McSwain to first-team All-America honors in the relay.

3 - As in the place Silmon got in the 60-meter dash at the NCAA Indoor Championships. It was the highest finish by a TCU man in the 60 since Kim Collins' NCAA title in 2001.

4 - Number of Big 12 Championships between the indoor and outdoor season Silmon won. He collected the conference 60-meter dash title indoors before going outside and winning the 100 and 200-meter dashes and the 4x100-meter relay.

4 - The number of men in TCU history to make both the 100 and 200-meter dash final of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Silmon joined Cy Leland (1929 &1930), Stewart (1987 & 1988) and Kim Collins (2001) as the only other men to pull off the double.

6.60 - Silmon's best time in the 60-meter dash, set during the prelims of the NCAA Indoor Championships. He ran his time after his heat was called back to the blocks twice for false starts.

9 - The number of sub-40 second 4x100-meter relay teams Silmon was a part of, helping TCU run the second-most sub-40 second 4x1 times in the country during the outdoor season.

9.89w - Silmon's winning wind-aided time in the 100-meter dash. The mark ties for the fastest all-conditions time in TCU history along with Stewart's 9.89w at the 1987 Pan-American Games.

9.92w - Silmon's wind-aided semifinal time in Eugene that made him the top seed going into the final.

9.94w - The time Silmon ran during the Invitational 100-meter dash back in March at the Texas Relays. He ended up fourth behind three U.S. Olympians.

10 - As in the slot Silmon's 100-meter dash victory got on the SportsCenter Top-10 plays Friday night into Saturday morning.

10.01 - The fifth-place time in the men's 100-meter dash final, the fastest time ever for a fifth place finisher.

10.03 - Silmon's wind-legal PR in the 100-meter dash, which was run during the first round at the NCAA West Preliminaries.

12 - The position in the team standings Silmon helped lead TCU to in spite of having only five entries in Eugene. It was the highest finish by TCU outdoors since 2004.

12 - TCU's highest ranking in the USTFCCCA national rankings during the outdoor season, which Silmon played a crucial role in. It was the Horned Frogs' highest ranking since the introduction of national rankings system in 2008.

20.23 - Silmon's PR in the 200-meter dash, which he ran during the quarterfinals round of the NCAA West Preliminaries.

50 - Number of steps Silmon took during his winning 100-meter dash run.

129 - Number of Retweets the TCU Track and Field Twitter account got for tweets about Silmon's victory in the 100-meter dash.

183 - The Number of "likes" content about Silmon's 100-meter dash victory received on the TCU Track and Field Program Facebook page.



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