Horned Frogs Set For Mountain West Championships
May 8, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas – The TCU track and field program will open up postseason competition this week when it travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the 2012 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
"We are really looking forward to this week," said head coach Darryl Anderson. "It is a fun time of year for the student-athletes and they are really excited. We obviously want to capture as many conference titles as we can and hopefully have chance to claim an overall team title. This meet should really help prepare us for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Austin and should be very competitive."
The Championships will run from Wednesday, May 9 through Saturday, May 12, at the Cadet Outdoor Track & Field Complex on the campus of the Air Force Academy. The Horned Frogs will open competition on Thursday with the men’s hammer throw at 6:00 p.m. CT.
On Friday, the Frogs will open action with the preliminary round of the women’s hammer throw at 11:00 a.m. CT. Competition on the track is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. CT with the finals of the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.
The Horned Frogs are coming off a solid showing at the prestigious Penn Relays two weeks ago. In Philadelphia, senior Whitney Gipson and junior Kelsey Samuels both claimed first-place accolades in the women’s long jump and shot put, respectively, to lead TCU at the 118th running of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the MWC Championships this week can follow all the action live on GoFrogs.com. There you will find a link to the live results tab, which is located on the schedule page. A full recap and final results will be posted following each day of competition as well. Fans are also encouraged to follow @TCUTrackField on Twitter.
Silmon Ready To Explode
Charles Silmon has a chance to make some history this week at the Mountain West Championships in the men’s 100 meters. The Waco native, who could possibly win his third-straight Mountain West Championship in the event, recently clocked a personal-best time of 10.15 seconds in the 100, which ranks second all-time in Mountain West history. Silmon not only holds the top-two times in championship history, but if he clocks a time of 10.12 or lower this week, he will break the all-time Mountain West record of 10.13 currently held by Kenneth Andam of BYU (2000). Ironically, because of TCU’s long line of legendary sprinters, Silmon has to hit 10.12 or lower just to break into the top-10 all-time in Horned Frog history. Former Frog great Greg Sholars recorded a time of 10.12 in 1987, which currently sits as the 10th-fastest time in program history.
Sprinters Set For Big Things This Week
Having captured every 100 and 200 meters title since joining the conference, the Horned Frog men will look to carry on TCU's dominating tradition this week at Air Force. Leading the way for the Frogs will be junior Charles Silmon, who currently leads the Mountain West in both events. The multiple All-America honoree will be going for his third-straight title in the 100 and his second-straight in the 200 after posting a time of 20.56 to claim the 2011 conference title. Mark Barnes and OJ Stoneham could also make some headway in the two events as well. Barnes currently sits No. 2 in the 100, while Stoneham ranks in the top-4 in both categories.
The Final Debut In The Mountain West
Senior Whitney Gipson will put the finishing touches on one of the most remarkable careers in conference history this week when she takes to the runway in Colorado Springs, Colo. The NCAA Champion during the indoor season, Gipson will look to capture her second consecutive MW long jump title. If she is able to do so, the five-time All-America honoree will join some rare company as only four other student-athletes in Mountain West history have won two-straight conference crowns in the event. She currently ranks second in the league in the event with a mark of 21 feet, 10 ¾ inches, which trails only teammate Lorriane Ugen, who owns a conference-leading jump of 22 feet, 5 inches.
TCU In The World Rankings
Heading into the Mountain West Championships, TCU has recorded three marks that currently rank in the top 40 in the world standings according to IAAF. Junior Charles Silmon currently sits No. 23 in the world in the men's 100 meters.
Lorraine Ugen and Whitney Gipson have also fared well in the world standings. Both jumpers currently rank No. 5 and No. 10 in the current world standings, respectively. Ugen's jump of 22 feet, 5 inches ranks No. 5, while Gipson's top mark of 21 feet, 10 ¾ inches currently stands as the 10th-best jump in the world. Both leaps are calculated to include wind-assisted marks.
TCU In The National Rankings
The Frogs have had several student-athletes ranked in the top-30 heading into this week's action.
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 sixth-fastest man in the country in the 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. 17 ranked time in the NCAA.
Frogs Shining In Mountain West
As TCU heads into competition this week, the Frogs currently lead the conference in 10 different events, including both the men and women's 100 and 200 meters, respectively. In all, the Purple and White lead the conference in the men's 100, 200, 4x100 and shot put. On the women's side, the Frogs lead the Mountain West in the women's 100, 200, 100-meter hurdles, 4x100, 4x400 and long jump.
The Horned Frogs will next be in action at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Austin on May 24-26.