Track & Field Heads South For 85th Annual Texas Relays
March 28, 2012
TEXAS RELAYS CENTRAL | SCHEDULE | LIVE RESULTS
LIST OF COMPETITORS: MEN | WOMEN
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU track and field program will travel to the state capital this weekend for the 85th running of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The historic meet runs Wednesday-Saturday, March 28-31, at Mike A. Myers Stadium and will feature some of the best track and field athletes in the nation and the world.
The Horned Frogs will kick-off the meet on the second day of events, opening Thursday from the infield with junior Sara Talley competing in women’s javelin. Sophomore Lavon Collins will represent the Purple and White in the men’s 400-meter hurdles preliminaries, while sophomore Jake Rossmango and freshman Preston Newsome hit the oval for the university men’s 5K before the rest of the squad competes on Friday.
Fans that are unable to attend this weekend’s meet in Austin can follow the results live from the World Wide Web at the official TCU athletics Web site, GoFrogs.com. The meet will also have updates on the official Twitter page of TCU Track & Field (@TCUTrackField). GoFrogs.com will also have a full recap and results after each day of competition.
A RICH HISTORY IN AUSTIN
Through the years, the Frogs have posted a strong showing at the Texas Relays. Overall, TCU has captured six men’s 4x100 titles, while also claiming first-place accolades in the men’s 4x200 eight different times. Individually, the Frogs have captured five titles in the men’s 100 meters, two in the men’s 1500 meters and three in the men’s 5000 meters. In the field events, the Purple and White have dominated, winning a total of nine different titles. The Frogs’ won two events in 2010 as Rose Tanui paced the field in the women’s 3,000 meters at 9:46.56 and Neidra Covington soared 42-9 3/4 feet to take the women’s triple jump.
TCU IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Frogs have several student-athletes ranked amongst the nation’s best, according to TFRRS. Freshman Lorraine Ugen leads the nation with her wind-aided long jump of 22-5 feet at the TCU Invitational, while junior Charles Silmon is recognized as the second-fastest man in the country in the 100 meters (10.18). Junior Cameron Tabor is listed at No. 4 in the men’s shot put at 58-9 ½ feet, while also sitting at No. 11 in the men’s discus with a top mark of 181-1 feet.
Junior Chaniqua Corinealdi is currently ranked No. 10 in the women’s 100 meters (11.34w) and No. 13 in the 200 meters (23.73). Sophomore Briyanni Thomas is considered the No. 19 runner in the 800 meters on the women’s side at 2:10.18, while Larissa Matthews is listed at No. 21 (13.68) in the 100-meter hurdles. Both of TCU women’s relays are listed in the nation’s top-20 as the 4x400 (3:39.86) rings in at No. 15 and the 4x100 (44.82) is ranked No. 17 overall.
TOP MARKS IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
Two weeks into the outdoor season, TCU currently holds the top spot in 18 different events for the Mountain West Conference. Overall, the Horned Frogs lead the conference in the men’s 100m, 200m, 5,000m, 400-meter hurdles, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay, shot put and discus. On the women’s side, the Purple and White top the conference in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 1,500m, 100-meter hurdles, 3,000-meter steeplechase, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay, long jump and shot put.
CORINEALDI AND SILMON EARN MOUNTAIN WEST WEEKLY HONORS
Following impressive performances at the Bobby Lane Invitational, TCU junior Charles Silmon was selected as the Mountain West Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week, while junior Chaniqua Corinealdi was named MW Co-Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week, sharing the honor with Paige Blackburn from Air Force.
Silmon finished first among collegiate competitors in the men’s 100-meter dash last weekend, posting a time of 10.22 seconds to earn runner-up honors in the event. In a field filled with unattached competitors, the Waco, Texas native 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.
Corinealdi finished 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 lead all collegians and 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.