June 3, 2013
FORT WORTH - The honors continue to roll in for TCU sprinter Charles Silmon as the senior was named the South Central Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA Monday. This honor goes with him previously earning the Big 12 Outstanding Male Performer of the Year honor and being an honorable mention for the most recent The Bowerman watch list, the highest honor in college track and field.
Silmon has been in his best form in the month of May leading up to the NCAA Outdoor Championships this week in Eugene, Ore. At the NCAA West Preliminaries meet in Austin, he recorded personal bests in both the 100 and 200-meter dash en route to earning the site's top seed in the 100 meters, 200 meters and as part of the 4x100-meter relay. He started off the meet with a personal best of 10.03 in the 100 first round before going on to recording a 10.23 on a wet track in the second round of the 100 to advance to Eugene. His 10.03 is second in the NCAA and tied for seventh in the world.
In the 200, Silmon ran a 20.59 in the first round to advance to the second round the next day. He did not disappoint as he went on to win his heat in a dominant 20.23, which ties him for third in the NCAA and tied for ninth in the world this year. He also ran the second leg of the men's 4x100-meter relay with freshmen Harvey McSwain, Ronnie Baker and Raymond Bozmans as the quartet posted a qualifying time of 39.49.
At the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, Silmon had an incredible final day. Running in his hometown of Waco, he started out the day by helping the men's 4x100-meter relay clinch the Big 12 title. Two hours later, he earned his fourth consecutive conference title in the 100-meter dash, the previous three in the Mountain West, as he and Bozmans recorded a TCU 1-2 finish. Less than an hour later, Silmon went a then-personal best 20.33 in the 200-meter dash which at the time was the fastest time in the NCAA.
At the Texas Relays in March, Silmon got a spot in the prestigious invitational 100-meter dash. Running in a field that included three U.S. Olympians, he held his own as he finished fourth in a wind-aided time of 9.94 seconds. He became the third man in TCU history to break the 10-second barrier in all conditions.
During indoor season, Silmon won the Big 12 title in the 60-meter dash before going on to finish third in the 60 at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Silmon and the Horned Frogs begin the NCAA Outdoor Championships Wednesday. To read more about Silmon's season, click here.