Silmon Earns All-America Accolades In Men's 100 Meters
June 8, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa - Junior Charles Silmon earned first team All-America accolades in the men's 100 meters Friday to lead TCU on the third day of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium.
Silmon, who advanced to the final round by recording a personal-best time of 10.05 seconds in semifinal round action, clocked a time of 10.39 seconds Friday into a negative headwind to place seventh overall. By crossing the finish line in seventh-place, the Waco native recorded the highest finish in the event since former Frog great Michael Frater earned runner-up honors in the 100 in 2004. Silmon is now a five-time All-America honoree after this week.
Fellow junior Cameron Parker was also in action Friday in the men's triple jump. Parker soared 50 feet, 5 ½ inches, but failed to make the finals. By making it to Des Moines, Parker earned honorable mention All-America honors and is the first Horned Frog since 2007 to collect All-America recognition in the event. In 2007, Jonathan Jackson turned in a third-place showing in the triple jump.
Heading into the final day of competition, TCU currently sits No. 17 on the women's side with 10 points, while the men are 53rd overall with two points.
It was a banner week for the Frogs as Whitney Gipson soared 22 feet, 4 ½ inches on her second attempt Thursday night to capture her second-straight NCAA title. By doing so, Gipson became the first female student-athlete in TCU history to win an outdoor crown. She is also the only female student-athlete to ever win back-to-back championships in program history. In all, Gipson is the fourth NCAA Outdoor Champion all-time and the first since Khadevis Robinson won the men's 800 meters in 1998. Gipson joined some rare company Thursday night as she is only the second student-athlete in TCU history to win both an indoor and outdoor crown, joining former Frog great Raymond Stewart, who did so in 1989.
Silmon and Gipson will next be in action at the United States Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. The trials will begin on Friday, June 22 at Hayward Field.