Silmon Leads TCU At Spec Towns National Team Invitational

April 14, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. - The TCU track and field program claimed seven first-place honors, including senior Charles Silmon, who posted the No. 8 ranked time in the NCAA this spring in the men’s 200 meters, to close competition at the Spec Towns National Team Invitational Saturday. 

“At the end of the day, we had an up and down day.” said head coach Darryl Anderson. “I feel good about the body of work we put in today and we accomplished what we needed to get done. It was a very relaxed competition, but it was good for the student-athletes to come into SEC country and compete.”

Silmon once again dominated the men’s 100 meters Saturday at the Spec Towns Track Complex, crossing the finish line in first-place with a time of 10.28. On the women’s side, junior Chaniqua Corinealdi just missed placing first overall in the event as she was outleaned at the line by Georgia’s Tynia Gaither. 

Silmon came back and captured first-place honors in the men’s 200 meters with a seasonal-best time of 20.68. The Waco natives time currently ranks No. 1 in the Mountain West and is the eighth-best time in the NCAA this outdoor season.

“I thought Charles Silmon had a good day for us,” said Anderson. “He did what he had to do in the men’s 100 meters and ran well for his first time out in the men’s 200.”

In the women’s 200 meters, Corinealdi led a group of Horned Frogs as she closed action placing second out of 19 competitors with a time of 23.99 seconds. 

Briyanni Thomas led the Frogs in the women’s 800 meters, claiming first-place with a time of 2:08.89. With the win, Thomas not only smashed her previous seasonal and personal-best time, but also posted the 27th best time in the NCAA this season. On the men’s side, Jack O’Brien recorded a seasonal-best time of 1:51.00 to earn second-place honors. 

“I am very pleased with how Briyanni ran today. She had a big personal-best and continues to get better,” said Anderson. “Jack is just a steady performer for us and he should be able to get his time down here in the next couple of weeks.”

Senior Kelly Dawson carried the Purple and White in the women’s 1,500 meters, clocking a personal and seasonal-best time of 4:28.73 to bring home first-place accolades. Tricia Terry was also successful in the event, placing fourth overall out of 19. 

In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, Lavon Collins crossed the finish line with a seasonal and personal-best time of 51.93 for sixth-place. Collins’ time is currently third in the Mountain West and ranked in the top 25 in the NCAA this spring. 

“Lavon had a good day at the track for us,” said Anderson. “I was proud of how he competed today.” 

The men’s 4x100 quartet consisting of OJ Stoneham, Silmon, Collins and Mark Barnes opened the day capturing first-place accolades by recording a time of 39.94. 

In field events, senior Whitney Gipson soared to first-place honors Saturday in the women’s long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 9 1/4 inches. On Friday, Cameron Parker closed competition in the men’s triple jump in third-place with a jump of 47 feet, 11 inches. 

“Whitney didn’t really have anyone to push her today, but she was able to get some work done in an environment that we have never really competed in before as a team,” said Anderson.

Cameron Tabor led the Frogs in the men’s shot put Saturday with a throw of 58 feet, 6 inches to place second overall. The junior and Oklahoma native also tallied second-place accoldes in the men’s discus. On the women’s side, Kelsey Samuels tossed the shot 50 feet, 8 1/4 inches to claim third-place honors on Friday. 

Other notables on the day included Jake Rossmango winning the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and Larissa Matthews placing second overall in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.73. 

The Horned Frogs will next be in action at the Michael Johnson Invite in Waco next Friday and Saturday.