Mountain West Names Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week

March 27, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

TCU junior Charles Silmon has been selected as the Mountain West Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week, while Air Force senior Paige Blackburn and TCU junior Chaniqua Corinealdi have been named MW Co-Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week.

Hailing from Waco, Texas, Silmon finished first among collegiate competitors in the men’s 100-meter dash last weekend at the Bobby Lane Invitational in Arlington, Texas, posting a time of 10.22 seconds to earn runner-up honors in the event. In a field filled with unattached competitors, Silmon was one of the only two collegiate athletes to finish in the top-15, finishing only behind U.S. Olympian Darvis Patton. He also represented TCU on both relay squads, leading the Horned Frogs to third-place finishes in the 4x100 and 4x400 races, respectively.

Blackburn, a senior from Soldotna, Alaska, was the top collegiate finisher (second overall) in the women’s javelin throw at the Arizona State Invitational, posting a career-best mark of 165’-6.00.” Blackburn’s mark is the second-best throw in program history and is just the second Falcon thrower to surpass the 160-foot mark in the javelin throw. Blackburn also finished second among collegiate competitors (fourth overall) in the discus throw at Arizona State with a career-best throw of 169’-4.00.”

Corinealdi paced TCU’s women’s squad at the Bobby Lane Invitational in Arlington, Texas, finishing first among collegiate competitors in the women’s 100-meter dash with a personal-best time of 11.60 seconds. Corinealdi returned to the track to claim third overall in the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 23.72 seconds. She also teamed up with senior Whitney Gipson, sophomore Veronica Jones and freshman Lorraine Ugen to win the women’s 4x100 relay with a season’s best time of 44.82 seconds.