FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU debuted in the USTFCCCA poll at No. 17 this week. The Horned Frogs enter the Top 25 for the first time since 2011, and have not been as high as No. 17 since ranking No. 16 going into the 2008 Mountain West Championships.

“At the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships we were last,” TCU head coach Darryl Anderson said. “The men’s team has elevated itself to where they are now ranked in the top 20 nationally. It says a lot about the work they have put in this season.”

Charles Silmon’s performance at the Big 12 championships has been a big reason for the TCU rise in the rankings. The six-time All-American is ranked in the top 10 of three events. Silmon is the NCAA leader in the 200-meter dash with his mark of 20.33 and is ranked ninth in the 100m with his wind-aided 10.18. He is also part of the eighth-ranked 4x100 relay team from the UCLA-LSU double-dual meet in April. He was joined on the team by Ramone Bailey, Ronnie Baker and Raymond Bozmans.

Cameron Parker’s top legal triple jump of the Big 12 championships of 53-2 3/4 (16.22m) moved him up to third in the NCAA rankings. Along with the 4x100, Baker moved up to No. 20 in the nation in the 400m with his 46.18 in Waco. Lavon Collins also improved his national ranking last weekend, moving up to No. 26 in the 400 hurdles at 51.55.

TCU was already ranked in the top 25 in the long jump and 4x400 relay prior to this weekend, and is credited in the rankings for both performances. Bailey is ranked 21st in the long jump for his 25-0 3/4 (7.64m) at the Baylor Quad Meet in March. The men’s 4x400 team of Joshua Washington, Collins, Harvey McSwain and Baker rank No. 22 in the polls for their 3:07.38 at the Texas Invitational in April.

The performances of these men among others helped the TCU men’s team improve from a ninth-place finish with 38 team points at the Big 12 indoor championships to a sixth-place finish with 75 team points at the Big 12 outdoor championships.

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