May 30, 2012
FORT WORTH - Junior Charles Silmon and senior Whitney Gipson have been named TCU Athletes of the Week after their performances in the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas.
Silmon earned second in heat No. 2 and fourth overall with a personal-best time of 10.04 seconds in the men's 100 meters. Silmon's time was the second-fastest recorded in the event and automatically qualified him for the 2012 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. He also helped the men's 4x100 team clock a seasonal-best time of 39.59 seconds to advance to Des Moines.
The Waco, Texas native's time would have been the fourth-fastest time ever recorded in program history, passing former Frog great and Olympic gold medalist Michael Frater. It was also the fastest time in more than 10 years Friday night for the Frogs, joining the likes of Jon Drummond, Kim Collins and Raymond Stewart as the only Horned Frog student-athletes to ever record a time of 10.04 or lower in school history. Silmon's wind-aided time would have blasted the previous Mountain West record of 10.13 seconds.
Gipson earned runner-up accolades in the women's long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 6 inches at the event. She also ran with the women's 4x100 quartet, grabbing one of the final two qualifying spots with a time of 44.91 seconds. Her times in both events earned an automatic qualifying bid for the NCAA Championships.
A Newark, Texas native, Gipson has had an illustrious career at TCU as a five-time All-American honoree and the reigning Indoor National Champion. Last year, she set a TCU record at the Mountain West Championships with a first-place leap of 21 feet, 8 inches. TCU is one of only six schools in the nation to qualify two individuals in the women's long jump to nationals.
TCU will have two weeks to prepare for the final rounds of the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on June 6-9.
2011-12 TCU Athletes of the Week
May 23, 2012 - Thomas Mantovanini
May 16, 2012 - Cameron Parker and Lorraine Ugen
May 9, 2012 - Johan de Beer
May 2, 2012 - Simona Parajova and Jason Coats
April 24, 2012 - Sanna Nuutinen and Preston Morrison
April 18, 2012 - Charles Silmon and Courtney Chown
April 10, 2012 - Preston Morrison and Olivia Smith
April 5, 2012 - Rachel Raastad and Johan de Beer
March 28, 2012 - Johan de Beer and Stefanie Tan
March 21, 2012 - Lorraine Ugen and Kyle Von Tungeln
March 14, 2012 - Charles Silmon and Whitney Gipson, Sarah Scherer
March 7, 2012 - Brooke Beeler and J.R. Cadot
Feb. 29, 2012 - Amric Fields and Whitney Gipson
Feb. 22, 2012 - Hank Thorns and Natalie Ventress
Feb. 15, 2012 - Nick Chappell and Natalie Ventress
Feb. 8, 2012 - Katelyn Gray and Julien Brun
Jan. 31, 2012 - J.R. Cadot and Jaime Dowd
Jan. 25, 2012 - Sarah Beard and Edgar Crespo
Jan. 18, 2012 - Antoinette Thompson and Charles Silmon
Jan. 11, 2012 - Kyan Anderson and Katie Lybbert
Dec. 13, 2011 - Charles Silmon and Lorraine Ugen
Dec. 6, 2011 - Sabine Rasch and Kris Gardner
Nov. 29, 2011 - J.R. Cadot and Kristen Hester
Nov. 22, 2011 - Waymon James and Natalie Ventress
Nov. 15, 2011 - Agnes Kemboi and Josh Boyce
Nov. 9, 2011 - Laszlo Gyurko and Taylor Prince
Nov. 1, 2011 - Jordan Raines and Jonathan Anderson
Oct. 25, 2011 - Alexie Estrada and Devin Johnson
Oct. 19, 2011 - Federica Denti, Kelsey Sundaram and Edgar Crespo
Oct. 13, 2011 - Matt Korman and Sanna Nuutinen
Oct. 4, 2011 - Ed Wesley and Jordan Raines
Sept. 28, 2011 - Waymon James and Jordan Calhoun
Sept. 20, 2011 - Josh Boyce and Yvonne Igodan
Sept. 13, 2011 - Matthew Tucker and Alicen Wright
Sept. 7, 2011 - Julien Brun and Sarah Joeckel