Silmon Dominates At 2012 Michael Johnson Dr Pepper Classic

April 21, 2012

WACO, Texas - Returning to his hometown, junior Charles Silmon simply shined Saturday at the 2012 Michael Johnson Dr Pepper Classic, claiming two first-place finishes and hitting the Olympic Trials A Standard in the men’s 100 meters at the Hart/Patterson Track & Field Complex. 

“We just have to continue to keep working as a team,” said head coach Darryl Anderson. “I thought Charles Silmon had a good day for us today though. His block broke during his start, but he made a good adjustment and ran a solid rest of the race. He probably would have been 10.0 if he wouldn’t have had to adjust coming out of the blocks. As a team, we just have to go back to practice and continue to get better every day before we head to the Penn Relays.”

Silmon, a Waco native, continued his winning ways Saturday, crushing the competition in men’s 100 meters by recording first-place honors with a seasonal and personal-best time of 10.15 seconds. By clocking a time of 10.15, which currently ranks No. 4 in the NCAA and is the ninth-fastest time in the IAAF World Standings, Silmon hit the Olympic Trials A Standard, which qualifies him for the Olympic Trials in June in Eugene, Ore.

On the women’s side, freshman Lorraine Ugen led the Frogs with a third-place finish. Ugen’s time of 11.55 seconds is currently a personal-best and ranks in the top-40 in the NCAA. 

Silmon also claimed first-place accolades in the men’s 200 meters, crossing the finish line with a seasonal-best time of 20.65, which sits No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 19 in the NCAA this spring. His time also helped him record an Olympic Trials B Standard. 

The men’s 4x100, which consisted of OJ Stoneham, Silmon, Lavon Collins and Mark Barnes, was also solid in Waco, wrapping-up competition in second-place, clocking a time of 39.91. 

Other notables on the day included, freshman Megan Smith tossing the shot 50 feet, 4 1/2 inches, which is a personal and seasonal-best, to place second overall. Finally, Larissa Matthews crossed the finish line in third-place in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a seasonal-best time of 13.57 seconds. 

The Horned Frogs will return to the track next week at the historic Penn Relays in Philadelphia.