TCU Travels To Michael Johnson Dr Pepper Classic Saturday

April 18, 2012


FORT WORTH, Texas – The TCU track and field program will head south this weekend to compete at the Michael Johnson Dr Pepper Classic in Waco. Competition is slated to begin on Saturday at the Hart-Patterson Track Complex. 

The event will feature multiple Olympic hopefuls and some of the top student-athletes from Baylor, TCU, North Texas and several others.

“We are excited to go over to Waco and compete,” said head coach Darryl Anderson. “It will give our kids another chance to compete against some quality opponents before we head to the Penn Relays next week.”

Competition will begin at 9:30 a.m. CT with the men’s and women’s javelin, while running events are slated to begin at noon with the 100 and 110-meter hurdles.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend Saturday’s meet can follow all the action live on GoFrogs.com. A live results link will be located on the right side of the schedule page, while final results and a full recap will be available immediately following all the action in Waco.

Silmon Honored By Mountain West For A Third Time This Spring
Junior Charles Silmon was named Mountain West Co-Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week Tuesday afternoon. Silmon, a Waco native, helped the Horned Frogs secure three first-place finishes this past weekend at the Spec Towns Invite in Athens, Ga. The junior began by claiming the individual crown in the men's 100 meters, crossing the finish line in 10.28 seconds. He went on to capture first-place accolades in the men's 200-meter dash with a seasonal-best time of 20.68, which ranks first in the Mountain West and is currently No. 21 in the NCAA. Silmon was also key component of TCU's quartet that captured the men's 4x100 with a time of 39.94.

TCU Soaring To New Heights
Following a National Championship during the indoor season by Whitney Gipson, the Frogs have stepped right back into the national spot light during the outdoor campaign as freshman Lorraine Ugen and Gipson have posted the No. 1 and No. 2 jumps in the entire NCAA this season, respectively. Even more impress though is the fact that both jumpers currently rank No. 4 and No. 7 in the current world standings. Ugen’s jump of 22 feet, 5 inches ranks No. 4, while Gipson’s top mark of 21 feet, 10 ¾ inches currently stands as the seventh-best jump in the world when calculating in wind-assisted marks.

Horned Frog Sophomores Stepping Up
TCU had several individuals post personal-bests this past weekend in Georgia, including Briyanni Thomas and Lavon Collins. Thomas led the Frogs in the women’s 800 meters, claiming first-place with a time of 2:08.89. With the win, Thomas smashed her previous seasonal and personal-best time. Collins followed as he crossed the finish line with a seasonal and personal-best time of 51.93 in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. The sophomore duo should have major impacts on their respective sides as the Frogs inch closer to the Mountain West Track and Field Championships in a few weeks.

TCU In The National Rankings
The Frogs have had several student-athletes ranked in the top-30 heading into this weekend’s action in Waco.

Freshman Lorraine Ugen leads the nation in the women’s long jump, leaping 22 feet, 5 inches at the TCU Invitational. She is followed by senior Whitney Gipson who recorded a jump of 21 feet, 10 ¾ inches a few weeks ago at the Texas Relays.

Junior Charles Silmon is currently recognized as the fourth-fastest man in the country in the 100 meters. On the women’s side, junior Chaniqua Corinealdi is ranked No. 28 in the women’s 100 meters.

Silmon also sits in the top-25 in the men’s 200 nationally, clocking the 21st-best time in the NCAA this spring.

In relay action, the men’s 4x100 relay has recorded the No. 14 ranked time in the NCAA, while the women’s 4x100 sits just outside the top-30 at No. 34. The women’s 4x400 on the other hand sits just inside the top-30, climbing to No. 29 this past week.

Finally, freshman Ramone Bailey is ranked No. 24 in the men’s long jump after leaping 24 feet, 9 3/4 inches, while junior Cameron Tabor is considered No. 24 in the men’s discus. 

Frogs Shining In Mountain West
As TCU heads into competition this weekend, the Frogs currently lead the conference in 12 different events, including both the men’s and women’s 100 and 200 meters, respectively. In all, the Purple and White lead the conference in the men’s 100, 200, 4x100, shot put and discus. On the women’s side, the Frogs lead the Mountain West in the women’s 100, 200, 1,500, 100-meter hurdles, 4x100, 4x400 and long jump.

Last Time Out
The TCU track and field program claimed seven first-place honors, including senior Charles Silmon, who posted the No. 21 ranked time in the NCAA this spring in the men’s 200 meters, to close competition at the Spec Towns National Team Invitational last Saturday. Highlights on the day included, Silmon winning both the men's 100 and 200 meters, while also helping the men's 4x100 to victory. On the women's side, Briyanni Thomas, Whitney Gipson and Kelly Dawson were all able to grab first-place accolades in their respective events. 

Up Next
The Frogs will travel to the historic Penn Relays next week. Action is slated to begin in Philadelphia next Thursday.