Frogs set pace at Tom Jones Memorial Invitational

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    Sophomore Charles Silmon blazed to a personal-best time in the men’s 100 meters as the TCU track and field program competed at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational Saturday at Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium.

    Silmon exploded out of the blocks with a time of 10.19 in the windy men’s 100 meters. The time topped his previous personal-best clocking of 10.23 from the finals at the World Junior Championships in Canada last summer. Silmon’s time is the fastest by a Frog since 2004 and is also the fastest in Mountain West Conference history. The TCU sophomore would finish fifth in his heat and overall for the event.

    The Waco, Texas native would later return to the track to place sixth overall in the men’s 200 meters, timing in at 20.60. Silmon finished just ahead of senior Mychal Dungey, who checked in with a time of 20.89. The duo follow-up with OJ Stoneham and Mark Barnes to lead TCU to a third-place performance in the men’s 4×100 relay.

    Junior Jack O’Brien also turned in a personal-best after rallying around the oval for a time of 1:48.56 in the men’s 800 meters. The Lantana, Texas, product continues to be consistent in the event for the Frogs and earned runner-up honors Saturday.

    Senior Jordan Pitts was impressive in the men’s hurdles events for the Purple and White. The six-time Mountain West Conference champion won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.66 and also enjoyed a solid outcome in the 110-meter hurdles, registering a fourth place finish.

    The TCU men wrapped up the day with the 4×400 meter relay, as the quartet of Pitts, Stoneham, O’Brien and freshman Lavon Collins claimed fourth place overall.

    On the women’s side, junior Whitney Gipson highlighted the day with her best long jump performance of the spring. The Newark, Texas, native soared past the field in the event with a top leap of 20-11 ¼ feet, surpassing the runner-up by nine inches.

    Kristal Juarez earned runner-up standards in the 400 meters, posting her best time of the spring at 53.97. The senior from Irving, Texas, followed that performance by anchoring the Frogs’ 4×400 relay team that included Briyanni Thomas, Quinterra Charles and Teneshia Peart to first-place honors with a seasonal-best clocking of 3:34.44.

    Other highlights on the women’s side included senior Jessica Young third-place showing in the women’s 100-meters, clocking in at 11.23 and distance runners Agnes Kemboi and Tricia Terry finishing the women’s 3,000-meter run side-by-side at 10:03.90.

    The Frogs will return to the Lone Star State next weekend to compete in the Michael Johnson Classic, hosted by Baylor, April 22-23.