TCU Track & Field Honored Tuesday By USTFCCCA
June 12, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU track and field program had eight student-athletes recognized as either first or second team All-Americans Tuesday by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Earning first team All-America honors on the men’s side was Charles Silmon, who finished seventh overall in the men’s 100 meters. The men’s 4x100, which consisted of Skye Dawson, Silmon, Ramone Bailey and Mark Barnes, earned second team All-America accolades.
On the women’s side, Whitney Gipson garnered first team honors after winning the National Championship in the women’s long jump. Earning second team recognition was junior Chaniqua Corinealdi in the women’s 100 meters, while Veronica Jones, Corinealdi, Gipson and Lorraine Ugen all garnered second team accolades as members of the women’s 4x100.
Silmon, who advanced to the final round by recording a personal-best time of 10.05 seconds in semifinal round action, clocked a time of 10.39 seconds last Friday into a negative headwind to place seventh overall. By crossing the finish line in seventh-place, the Waco native recorded the highest finish in the event since former Frog great Michael Frater earned runner-up honors in the 100 in 2004. Silmon is now a five-time All-America honoree after last week.
Gipson soared 22 feet, 4 ½ inches on her second attempt last Thursday night to capture her second-straight NCAA title. By doing so, Gipson became the first female student-athlete in TCU history to win an outdoor crown. She is also the only female student-athlete to ever win back-to-back championships in program history. In all, Gipson is the fourth NCAA Outdoor Champion all-time and the first since Khadevis Robinson won the men's 800 meters in 1998. Gipson joined some rare company, as she is only the second student-athlete in TCU history to win both an indoor and outdoor crown, joining former Frog great Raymond Stewart, who did so in 1989.
The men’s 4x100 quartet opened nationals clocking a seasonal-best time of 39.59 seconds to finish fourth in heat No. 2 and 11th overall, while the women’s unit breezed to a seasonal-best time of 44.65 seconds to place 15th overall out of 24 teams.
Silmon and Gipson will next be in action at the United States Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. The trials will begin on Friday, June 22 at Hayward Field.