March 9, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – TCU senior Charles Silmon earned his sixth career All-American honor in style with a third place finish in the men’s 60-meter dash finals of the NCAA Indoor Championships Saturday at the Tyson Track Center. Silmon covered the 60 meters in 6.61 seconds.
“We obviously wanted to win,” TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. “This was his first big final at the NCAA Indoor Championships, and his performance bodes well for outdoor season. We are happy with his performance.”
After a combined three false start recalls in the two prelim heats of the men’s 60-meter dash yesterday, the final featured one as well with Virginia Tech’s Darrell Wesh having to leave the starting blocks after a false start. Silmon and the field came out of the blocks strong with D’Angelo Cherry of Mississippi State and Marcus Rowland of Auburn pulling away. Silmon was able to get his shoulder across the line by one of the smallest of margins over Harry Adams of Auburn for third. Both men posted times of 6.61 seconds, but Silmon got the place with his official time at 6.601 seconds compared to Adams’ 6.608 seconds.
“The race was not as clean as it was yesterday,” Anderson noted. “He was right there with Cherry and Rowland. At about 20-25 meters he got a little too high and that cost him dearly. You have to be patient in your race. All three of top guys were on the world junior team together. They are starting to grow up in front of our eyes.”
By qualifying for the eight-man final, Simon became the eighth man in TCU history to qualify for the final of the shortest sprint at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The list is a who’s who of TCU sprinting with previous NCAA Indoor Champions Raymond Stewart and Kim Collins and also includes Olympic gold medalists such as Jon Drummond and Michael Frater.
“It is special,” Anderson stated. “When you talk about people like Kim Collins, (Michael) Frater and Ray Stewart, that is a special group. Not only did they have great careers at TCU, but they had great careers after college with medals in the World Championships and Olympics. TCU has one of the most glorified sprint histories in the country. When you come to the NCAA meet and get third, you put yourself in the same breath as those guys.”
For the first time since 2008, both the TCU men’s and women’s teams were represented in the team standings of the competition. Yesterday, Lorraine Ugen finished fifth in the women’s long jump event. Five years ago, it was Jonathan Jackson’s third place finish in the men’s triple jump and Virgil Hodge’s scoring effort in the women’s 200-meter dash getting the Horned Frogs on the board in the men's and women's team standings.
“We just didn’t have the people here at this meet and that is going to change,” Anderson concluded. “We have to have more people here, and they have to score points. We are a Big 12 school, and that is how the Big 12 schools have operated this weekend. You have to continue to get better so that when you enter this environment you can compete.”
That wraps up the indoor track season. There is little time for rest as TCU opens its season with a home meet in the TCU Invitational. Field events begin on Thursday at 1 p.m. On Friday, field events start at 10:30 a.m. with events on the track getting underway at 12:30 p.m.