CHAMPIONS! TCU Women Capture Mountain West Indoor Team Title

Feb. 25, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The TCU women captured the 2012 Mountain West Indoor Championship Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Overall, TCU won its third conference indoor title and second championship as a member of the Mountain West Conference. TCU head coach Darryl Anderson was honored at the end of the meet as the MW Women's Coach of the Year.

“We are ecstatic that the women won,” Anderson said. “Coming into the weekend, we thought there was a possibility that that we could win the meet and we did. Our kids competed well. This was the first complete team meet that we have had all year and they did a super job. Whitney Gipson was the lynchpin, winning the long jump yesterday and then she came back today to get third in the 200 meters and also got us some points in the triple jump. Our throwers, distance runners and sprinters all did a great job. All in all, it was a great team effort on the women’s side. I’m really happy for our girls because this can really be a charge for them as we take the next step and move forward into the outdoor season on Monday and continue to make the team better.”

“On the men’s side, I thought we did a good job of competing,” Anderson said. “I always think that we will do a better job outdoors. All in all, I thought the guys competed hard and we need to use this to prepare us for the outdoor season. I think that by the time May rolls around, the men will have an opportunity to win as well.”

TCU won the women's competition with 141 points, followed by New Mexico (116), San Diego State (97), UNLV (88), Boise State (69), Colorado State (66), Air Force (58) and Wyoming (27). Air Force won the men's title with 156.5 points, followed by Boise State (154), New Mexico (141), TCU (103), Colorado State (64.5) and Wyoming (38).

Junior Chaniqua Corinealdi highlighted Saturday’s performances on the women’s side, winning MW gold in the 60 meters and 200 meters. The Killeen, Texas product led the way in the 60 meters with her fastest time of 2012 at 7.32 seconds. Freshman Lorraine Ugen followed Corinealdi for bronze medal honors at 7.50 seconds. In the 200 meters, Corinealdi paced the field with a time of 23.61 seconds for the title, while Gipson chimed in for third overall at 24.25 seconds.

The Frogs had three individuals claim silver medals Saturday. Junior Larissa Matthews garnered silver in the 60-meter hurdles, hustling across the finish line at 8.52 seconds, while senior Quinterra Charles rallied around the oval at 54.26 seconds for second place in the women’s 400 meters.

Junior Kelsey Samuels placed second overall in the women’s shot put, boasting a top mark of 50-6 ¾ feet (15.41m), while newcomer Megan Smith followed for bronze medal honors with a toss of 50-3 ¼ feet (15.32m).

Senior Kelly Dawson and junior Tricia Terry finished simultaneously to battle it out for third and fourth place finished, respectively, in the mile race. Dawson, a native of Keller, Texas, clocked in at 5:11.02, while Terry crossed the finish line a hair later at 5:11.65.

Other highlights on the women’s side included sophomore Briyanni Thomas turning in a time of 2:10.90 to garner fourth-place honors in the 800 meters and junior Agnes Kemboi accepting fifth place recognition in the 3,000-meter race.

Junior Charles Silmon lit up the track on the men’s side, collecting Mountain West gold for the 60-meter dash and 200-meter race. The Waco, Texas product had to overcome adversity to win the 60 meters with a time of 6.72 seconds. Sophomore Jeffrey Josephs claimed bronze medal status at 6.87 seconds. In the 200 meters, Silmon torched the field with a personal-best time of 21.04 seconds, ahead of fellow Frogs Lavon Collins and OJ Stoneham for third and fifth place, respectively. Silmon’s time was the second-fastest in MW Championship history and third all-time in the league.

“Charles Silmon was outstanding, winning the 60 meters and the 200 meters,” Anderson said. “His 60-meter race was kind of screwy, because his blocks slipped and he stumbled out of the gates, so he was behind and then he just ran right by everyone. That just proved he is savvy and his experience. The great thing about his 200 race was that he hit a personal-best in his first 200 race this season.”   

Junior Cameron Tabor put an exclamation point on his tremendous indoor season, capturing the men’s shot put title with a top throw of 59-1 ¼ feet (18.01m). The conference title marks the fourth shot put win of the season for the Norman, Okla., native and the first indoor league crown ever by a Frog in the event.

Other men’s athletes to standout Saturday included senior Cameron Parker picking up a silver medal in the men’s triple jump. Parker, a native of Nassau, Bahamas, owned a top leap of 51-2 ¼ feet (15.60m). Sophomore Narada Jackson and Collins earned finished back-to-back in the men’s 400 meters in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
TCU will now prepare for a last chance meet to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. The national meet is set for March 9-10, in Boise, Idaho.

TCU 2012 MWC Champions
Whitney Gipson – Women’s Long Jump
Orlene Parris – Women’s High Jump
Chaniqua Corinealdi – Women’s 60 Meters & 200 Meters
Charles Silmon – Men’s 60 Meters & 200 Meters
Cameron Tabor – Men’s Shot Put

Women’s Team Scoring
1. TCU – 141
2. New Mexico – 116
3. San Diego State – 97
4. UNLV – 88
5. Boise State – 69
6. Colorado State – 66
7. Air Force – 58
8. Wyoming - 27

Men’s Team Scoring
1. Air Force – 156.5
2. Boise State – 154
3. New Mexico – 141
4. TCU – 103
5. Colorado State – 64.5
6. Wyoming - 38