Frogs Continue Competition at Penn Relays
April 27, 2012
PHILADELPHIA — The TCU track and field teams continued action at the 118th Penn Relays Friday with individual field events and relay competition at historic Franklin Field.
“All-in-all, it wasn’t quite as good of a day for us as yesterday, but there were some solid things that happened for us,” head coach Darryl Anderson said. “I thought Cameron Tabor had a decent day in the shot put, and Megan Smith was solid in the women’s discus. Ramone Bailey competed well in the long jump, which should continue to help his confidence moving into the Mountain West Conference Championship.”
TCU performed well in the field Friday, led by a pair of Frog throwers in Tabor and Smith. Tabor earned third place in the College Men’s Shot Put with a mark of 56 feet, 3 3/4 inches before grabbing seventh place in the College Men’s Discus Throw Championship field with a spin of 171 feet, 6 inches. Smith placed eighth in the College Women’s Discus Throw Championship after recording a mark of 151 feet, 4 inches, the second-best toss of her career and the third-best for any Frog this season.
Rounding out TCU’s field efforts was Bailey, who soared 24 feet, 4 ¼ inches in the College Men’s Long Jump Championship to place ninth overall. The mark was the second-best of the freshman’s young TCU career.
The Frog men’s 4x100-meter relay team took to the track for the first time this weekend, clocking in at 40.89 to finish third place in the sixth of 11 preliminary heats. The quartet of Skye Dawson, Charles Silmon, O.J. Stoneham and Mark Barnes managed to grab a spot in Saturday’s College Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay Final despite suffering a poor first exchange that hampered its time. The squad was in its first competition as a group this season, and Dawson was in his first race as a Frog in nearly two years after sitting out all of last season.
“I thought we were a bit shaky in the relay,” Anderson said. “Skye and Charles ran on top of each other, so we didn’t make a very good pass and nearly came to a stop. We still were able to recover and run fast enough to make it into the consolation final, so it will give those guys another opportunity to work on their exchanges tomorrow before we head into the postseason.”
The men’s 4x100 will return to the track Saturday for the College Men’s Final, which is scheduled to race at 1:45 p.m. EDT.
The Frog women were back at it in the College Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay Final after falling just one spot shy of advancing to the Championship of America Final in Thursday action. TCU performed well in the consolation race, as the team of Veronica Jones, Chaniqua Corinealdi, Whitney Gipson and Lorraine Ugen placed second with a time of 45.37, just 0.03 seconds behind first-place Kentucky.
TCU also competed in the College Women’s Sprint Medley Relay Championship of America, placing seventh overall. The quartet of Chaniqua Corinealdi, Whitney Gipson, Quinterra Charles and Briyanni Thomas finished third in the second of five heats with a time of 3:54.50.
TCU concludes its stay at the Penn Relays on Saturday. In addition to the men’s 4x100-meter relay competing in the College Men’s Final, the women’s 4x400-meter relay also will hit the Franklin Field track for the College Women’s Final. In the field, Cameron Parker and Tabor will take part in the College Men’s Triple Jump Championship and College Men’s Hammer Throw, respectively.