Relays Spark Horned Frogs On Final Day In Austin

May 26, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas – All three of TCU’s relays advanced to the NCAA Championships Saturday night to carry the Horned Frogs on the final day of the 2012 NCAA West Preliminary Round at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

“I thought we had a good weekend,” said head coach Darryl Anderson. “Our kids really stepped up to the plate this week. Overall, I thought every student-athlete that we brought here competed hard and at the end of the day that’s all we can ask for. We are really excited about everyone that was able to get through, but disappointed for those that didn’t. Charles Silmon had an exceptional weekend for us and I am happy for the men’s 4x100 that they were able to get through. We now have two weeks to clean up some things before we head to Des Moines, so we should be in good shape. I thought our women’s 4x100 didn’t run up to their potential today and we need for them to be able to do something once we get to Drake, so they need to step it up a little bit. Both Whitney Gipson and Lorraine Ugen were exceptional for us in the women’s long jump and have a chance to do some really good things here in a few weeks."

Earning automatic NCAA bids in Austin were the men and women’s 4x100, women’s 4x400, Charles Silmon (100 meters), Cameron Parker (Triple Jump), Chaniqua Corinealdi (100 and 200 meters), Whitney Gipson (Long Jump) and Lorraine Ugen (Long Jump and 100 meters).

The men’s 4x100 quartet of Skye Dawson, Silmon, OJ Stoneham and Ramone Bailey opened the day automatically qualifying for the 2012 NCAA Track and Field Championships in two weeks, clocking a third-place finish in heat No. 3 with a seasonal-best time of 39.59 seconds. In all, the unit posted the sixth-fastest time in preliminary round action Saturday night to advance.

On the women’s side, Veronica Jones, Corinealdi, Gipson and Ugen also moved on to Drake Stadium, grabbing one of the final two qualifying spots with a time of 44.91 seconds. The quartet edged Washington State at the line in heat No. 1 to cross the finish line in fourth-place with the 11th-fastest time overall.

In the women’s 200 meters, Corinealdi punched her ticket to the NCAA meet, clocking a time of 23.50 seconds. The junior, who finished fourth overall in heat No. 1 and just inside the top-12, will compete in three different events in Des Moines after qualifying in the women’s 100, 200 and as a member of the women’s 4x100.

The women’s 4x400 of Briyanni Thomas, Quinterra Charles, Ashley Collins and Neferteria Hall closed the meet, claiming the last and final spot into the final rounds of the NCAA meet, recording a seasonal-best time of 3:37.12.

TCU will have two weeks to prepare for the final rounds of the NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on June 6-9.