July 19, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas – The last month has been a busy one for past and present Frogs competing in Europe. Three past TCU men’s sprinters competed Friday night at the Diamond League meet in Monaco.
Charles Silmon made his debut on the Diamond League circuit in preparation for the IAAF World Championships next month in Moscow, Russia. He started the evening at the Stade Louis II leading off for the Team USA 4x100 meter relay team. Joined by Mike Rodgers, Mookie Salaam and Justin Gatlin, the American squad posted the best time in the world this year in 37.58. Silmon came back later in the night to compete in the men’s 100-meter dash, where he finished eighth. It was the first competition for the 2013 NCAA 100-meter dash champion since the USA Track and Field Championships.
In the 100-meter dash, Silmon was up against another TCU legend, three-time NCAA champion Kim Collins. The man from Saint Kitts and Nevis has had an outstanding month of competition that has seen the 2003 World Champion in the 100-meter dash post some of the best times of his career. At the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, Collins finished fourth in a crowded 100m field, but it was his time that did the talking. At 9.97 seconds, Collins ran the fastest mark of his career, lowering his PR of 9.98 that was set all the way back in 2002.
Only a few days later at a meet in Budapest, Hungary, Collins showed his efforts were not a fluke as he won in 9.99 seconds. After going almost a decade without having broken the 10-second barrier, he had done it twice in a week. On this night in Monaco, Collins got off to a strong start and was able to hold on for a fifth place finish.
Justyn Warner has had a roller-coaster season individually and will go to Moscow looking for relay redemption. On the positive side, Warner won his third consecutive National Track League 100-meter dash championship after accumulating the most points across five Canadian meets. However, at the Canadian National Championships, a tightly bunched field left Warner in fifth place, less than one-tenth of a second out of second but out of the 100-meter dash at the World Championships.
He will still be in Moscow for the World Championships as part of Canada’s 4x100 relay team, which is looking to get on the medal stand. The Canadians will be out for redemption after crossing the line third in London at the Olympic Games last year, but getting disqualified after the race for a runner stepping outside his lane. In Monaco, Warner anchored Canada to a third place finish in 38.33. With both teams finishing ahead of Canada from the U.S., that puts the Canadians No. 2 in the world behind the Americans.
Another Frog who has been busy on the European circuit has been Jessica Young. A seven-time All-American at TCU, Young has traveled to a variety of meets across the continent. Since her semifinals appearance in the 100 and 200-meter dash at the USA Championships, Young has won the 100-meter dash at meets in Cork City, Ireland and Oordegem, Belgium.