Chaniqua Corinealdi and Charles Silmon are TCU’s first-ever Big 12 Champions after competing in the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend.
Both athletes took first place in the 60-meter dash. Corinealdi won the women’s race with 7.34 seconds, and Silmon won the men’s race with 6.66 seconds.
Corinealdi finished .05 seconds ahead of her nearest competitors in the finals.
Silmon finished .02 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. He also took third place in the 200-meter dash with a personal best of 20.96 seconds.
TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said the back-to-back victories by Corinealdi and Silmon made everyone notice the university at the tournament.
The university saw other successes at the championships as well. Tricia Terry won the preliminaries of the women’s mile, running the second fastest mile in school history. In the finals, she took third place with a time of 4:47.75, missing the school record by .16 seconds.
Terry also placed sixth in the women’s 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:28.92, breaking the school record set by Agnes Kemboi last season.
The university's men’s and women’s teams both placed ninth in team standings, with 38 points for the men and 37 points for the women.
Anderson said the men's and women's teams have a lot of work to do, but the team has to move forward to compete better at later meets.