May 23, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Lorraine Ugen punched TCU's track and field teams' first ticket to Eugene, Ore., and Charles Silmon once again posted a dazzling time at day one of the NCAA West Preliminaries at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
"Lorraine advanced and she is on her way to Eugene," TCU head coach Darryl Anderson. "That is always a good thing and we are ensured that our women's program will be represented in two weeks."
Ugen, a first-team All-American Indoors back in March, but on paper she had some work to do as she was not among the top-12 coming into Thursday. She did not waste time taking care of business as her second jump of 20-9 3/4 (6.34m) was enough to allow her a sixth place finish and a chance to compete again in two weeks at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. June 5-8. She qualified for the final round for the second year in a row outdoors and has made nationals twice both indoors and outdoors during her two-year TCU career.
As he has at almost every meet he has run at this season, Charles Silmon again established his credentials as one of the top sprinters in the NCAA. The senior dominated the first round of the 100-meter dash to advance to tomorrow's second round in a legal time of 10.03. His 10.03 is the fastest 100-meter dash time in the history of the West Preliminaries.
"Silmon's PR was very casual," Anderson noted. "He executed well early and he was in control the rest of the way. Guys run fast when they relax. It was not a hard 10.03 today."
The mark is the best legal mark of Silmon's career, only bettered by his wind-aided 9.94 he ran at the Texas Relays back in March. He moves into a tie for third in TCU history with Olympic gold medalist Jon Drummond in the 100-meter dash with his 10.03. Only Raymond Stewart (9.97) and Kim Collins (9.99) has run faster legal marks in TCU's history.
He will be joined in tomorrow's quarterfinal round by teammate Raymond Bozmans. The freshman only finished sixth in his heat in 10.42. However, he was in a fast heat which allowed him to be among the fastest times for non-automatic qualifiers from the heats.
"Bozmans kind of panicked in the middle of the race," Anderson stated. "Fortunately he was still able to run a good time in a fast heat and will get another chance tomorrow."
The TCU men had two competitiors in the 400-meter dash in Ronnie Baker (31st, 47.32) and Narada Jackson (41st, 47.86). Lavon Collins just missed out on a second run in the 400-meter hurdles via a 26th place finish in 52.36. All three will be part of the 4x400-meter relay pool while Baker will also partake in the 4x100-meter relay.
Adam Damadzic took 28th in the men's discus with a best throw of 173-5 (52.86m). Ramone Bailey took his first two attempts in the long jump, but pulled out due to injury.
Briyanni Thomas participated in the 800-meter run, finishing 43rd in 2:13.11.
The action picks up tomorrow for the Horned Frogs in Austin with Megan Smith in the women's discus as noon. The first track event is at 5 p.m. with Larissa Matthews in the 100-meter hurdles.