April 6, 2013
LOS ANGELES – The TCU track and field teams posted a combined eight event wins Saturday at the Rafer Johnson / Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invite in UCLA’s Drake Stadium.
“For the first time during the outdoor season, the kids had to compete for something else other than their own time” TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. “Both UCLA and LSU were very good across the board. We had a lot of seasonal bests today, so we stepped up and made sure we were accounted for.”
Cameron Parker swept the horizontal jump events for TCU. The 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier started the day out with a career-best jump in the men’s long jump with a winning jump of 24-3 1/2 (7.40m). He came back later in the afternoon to comfortably win the triple jump with a lead of 49-10 1/2 (15.20m).
“Any time you are at a smaller meet with only three teams it is nice to have kids who can step up in multiple events,” Anderson noted. “With the direction we want the program to go in, it is important to find competitors who are able and willing to compete in multiple events.”
Another multiple event winner in the field was Megan Smith. She continued her good form in the women’s shot put with a winning throw of 52-8 1/4 (16.06m). Smith posted her second win in the women’s discus with a school record throw of 165-5 (50.42m). Smith re-set her own school record of 165-1 from the Bobby Lane Invitational in Arlington two weeks ago. Kelsey Samuels also posted a career-best throw in the discus to finish second in 158-5 (48.30m).
The TCU men’s 4x100-meter relay team continued to make noise and progress with another season-best effort. The quartet of Ramone Bailey, Charles Silmon, Ronnie Baker and Raymond Bozmans won a hotly contested event that featured four teams under 40 seconds in a season-best time 39.42 seconds.
“They won a challenging race today,” Anderson stated. “There will be a lot more challenging races as the season goes on so it is nice to get a win under our belts there.”
Silmon picked up another win in the men’s 100-meter dash with a time of 10.25 seconds. After having a big wind behind him to get his wind-aided 9.94 at the Texas Relays last weekend, he was running into a -1.2 m/s today in Drake Stadium.
TCU picked up its second men’s relay victory of the afternoon as the 4x400 team of Joshua Washington, Lavon Collins, Bozmans and Narada Jackson won the closing event in 3:08.50.
The Horned Frogs also got a win from Katie Dalton in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 11:03.39. Dalton’s time moves her up to third in TCU history for the event.
The Horned Frogs return to the track next Saturday with the Texas Invitational in Austin.