April 28, 2012
PHILADELPHIA — The TCU track and field teams concluded competition at the 118th Penn Relays Saturday, as both the men’s 4x100-meter and women’s 4x400-meter relays finished second place in College Finals at historic Franklin Field.
The Horned Frog men’s 4x100-meter team of Skye Dawson, Charles Silmon, O.J. Stoneham and Mark Barnes, which ran its first race of the spring together during Friday’s prelims, continued to make progress in preparation for the postseason Saturday, clocking a time of 40.18 while running from the inside lane in the Men’s College Final. The squad was edged at the tape by the West Indies team from Kingston, Jamaica that ran 39.94, but it did manage to finish in front of each of the four Division I teams in the race in Houston (40.58), Texas (40.69), Virginia Tech (40.80) and South Carolina (40.78).
“I thought the men ran okay from where they were positioned,” said head coach Darryl Anderson. “Skye (Dawson) and Charles (Silmon) connected better on their exchange today than during the prelims. It’s good to have Skye back (following a two-year absence). He’s going to need some work, but we still have two weeks to go before the conference meet and then another two weeks before the first round of the NCAA Championships. We have plenty of time to get him comfortable, and the guys are happy to have him back.”
The Frog women’s quartet of Briyanni Thomas, Quinterra Charles, Nefertari Hall and Ashley Collins set the pace for the field early in the College Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay Final before settling for second place with a final time of 3:39.33. Houston (3:38.86) overtook the Frogs late, while TCU was able to hold off third-place Mississippi State (3:39.35).
“The women’s 4x400 opened up a significant lead in that race, but inexperience ended up costing us in the end,” Anderson said. “What I told Ashley (Collins) afterwards is that at the college level there are a lot of talented athletes, and there are going to be times when you are going to get run down. We will take that as a teaching moment, something to help us build experience heading into the postseason.”
In addition to the action on the track, a pair of Frog men were in the field Saturday, with Cameron Tabor participating in the College Men’s Hammer Throw and Cameron Parker taking competing in the College Men’s Triple Jump Championship field. Tabor placed 10th with a TCU season-best spin of 175 feet, 7 inches despite being hampered by a defective shoe. Parker added the Frogs’ best triple jump mark of the spring, leaping a distance of 48 feet, 10 ¾ inches to earn eighth place.
With the Penn Relays now behind it, TCU next turns its attention to the postseason. The squads will take next week off from competition while preparing for the Mountain West Championships, which will be held May 9 through 12 in Colorado Springs, Colo.