May 4, 2013
WACO, Texas – The TCU track and field teams were able to get more points on the board Saturday at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Horned Frogs have also positioned themselves for an active Sunday with many qualifiers for event finals.
“I thought our men’s team qualified very well,” TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. “It is tough when you don’t have any points on the board, but they stepped up. On the women’s side, we got 15 points in seventh place, and we have some qualifiers tomorrow to help us get up towards fifth and sixth place. We just have to keep moving forward.”
The TCU women are in seventh place with 15 points, and the TCU men closed out the evening with its first two points of the Championships.
Megan Smith and Kelsey Samuels brought in some big points for the Horned Frogs in the women’s shot put. For Smith, her second throw was her best throw as she posted a 53-5 3/4 (16.30m) to finish fourth. For the second event in a row, Samuels was able to muster a career-best mark, this time at 52-11 1/2 (16.14m) on her first throw to finish fifth.
Lorraine Ugen scored a point for TCU in the women’s long jump by placing eighth.
Cameron Parker was able to get the TCU men their first points of the competition in the men’s long jump. His second jump, a wind-aided 24-1 3/4 (7.36m), was able to get the Horned Frogs on the board with two team points.
“We decided to hold out Ramone (Bailey) because his leg is bothering him,” Anderson noted. “Cameron was able to step up and get the men on the board.”
In prelims action, Charles Silmon will go into tomorrow’s men’s 100-meter dash final with the top seed after posting a prelims mark of 10.20 seconds, his best legal mark of the season. He will be joined by his TCU teammate Raymond Bozmans, who qualified with a mark of 10.61.
Silmon will also be the top seed in the 200-meter dash as he posted a time of 20.69. He will be joined by two other Frogs as Narada Jackson qualified fifth in 21.28 and Harvey McSwain sits seventh in 21.33.
Another event with two Horned Frogs men running Sunday will be the men’s 400-meter dash. Ronnie Baker qualified automatically by finishing second in his heat in 47.11. Though Narada Jackson posted a faster time with his 46.86, he finished fourth in the second heat and had to sweat out a final heat before ensuring his advancement in the eighth and final place.
“We have three in the 200 and two in the 100 and 400,” Anderson stated. “They will have big opportunities tomorrow to our men’s team toward where we want to be.”
Another TCU finalist for the men tomorrow is Lavon Collins in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. However, Collins got Saturday off as the eight-man field did not require a prelims session.
Ugen got some redemption away from the disappointing long jump performance by making the finals of the 100-meter dash. She posted a qualifying mark of 11.67, good for sixth going into tomorrow’s final.
Larissa Matthews had a strong positional finish in the 100-meter hurdles prelims, sitting fourth after posting a 13.52. Tricia Terry was able to advance to the final of the women’s 1,500-meter run, qualifying in eighth place in 4:32.08. Briyanni Thomas posted her best effort of the season to qualify for the 800-meter run finals with a time of 2:09.01.
The Big 12 Championships will conclude tomorrow. Action will begin in the field at 11 a.m. with the women’s triple jump. Running events start at 4 p.m. with the 4x100-meter relays.