College notes: TCU sophomore Ugen wins NCAA women’s long jump

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TCU’s Lorraine Ugen, a sophomore from London, won the women’s long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 2 1/2 inches Wednesday on the first day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

It’s the second straight long jump title for the TCU women. Whitney Gipson swept the indoor and outdoor titles last year.

Andrea Geublle of Kansas went 21-4 to finish second behind Ugen.

Charles Silmon had the fastest qualifying time in the semifinal round of the men’s 100 meters during preliminaries. His time of 9.92 seconds was wind-aided.

The TCU men advanced and were sixth fastest in the semifinal round of the 4x100 relay with a time of 39.15 seconds.

The Horned Frogs’ women, with Ugen as the anchor, were ninth in the 4x100-meter relay semifinals at 44.62 seconds and didn’t advance.

Texas A&M, with former Fort Worth Dunbar standout Ashley Collier as the anchor, had the fastest time in the women’s 4x100 relay at 42.84.

North Texas’ Steven White advanced in qualifying for the 400 hurdles.

Ashly Wright of UT Arlington was eighth in her heat in the women’s 800 semifinals.

Texas Tech sophomore Kole Weldon, a former standout at Class 2A Jacksboro High School, finished third in the men’s shot put final. Weldon, who transferred to walk on at Tech after playing football a year at Midwestern in Wichita Falls, had a put of 63 3 1/4.

Texas’ Ryan Crouse won at 66 7 3/4.

Ex-Alabama player indicted

Seven people, including a former Alabama basketball player and his mother, have been charged with conspiring to kidnap a 6-year-old girl from an east Mississippi elementary school in a plot that allegedly involved a property dispute.

Among those named in a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday was 18-year-old Devonta Pollard, who played this past season as a freshman at Alabama. Prosecutors said his mother, Jessie Mae Brown Pollard, led a scheme to kidnap the girl to pressure the child’s mother in a dispute over some land. At one point, authorities said kidnappers demanded a $50,000 ransom for the girl.

Alabama, Louisville making grades

Alabama and Louisville, the reigning national champs in football and basketball, respectively, made the NCAA’s honor roll for academic success. Louisville was one of 35 men’s basketball teams to score between 978 and 1,000 on the annual Academic Progress Rate. Alabama was one of 13 Bowl Subdivision schools to make the cut.

In all, 976 teams made the most recent list that covered the four-year period ending in 2011-12. Texas’ national women’s volleyball champions also made the list.

Briefly

•  Memphis basketball: Former Missouri guard Michael Dixon has told ESPN.com that he committed to Memphis. Dixon was kicked off Missouri’s squad in November after a female student accused him of sexual assault, the second such claim made against him since January 2010. Boone County prosecutors, though, determined a police investigation lacked sufficient evidence.

• Florida State athletics: Randy Spetman, 59, is out as athletics director and the university will soon begin a search for his replacement. FSU President Eric Barron made the announcement Wednesday.

•  Ohio State: School President Gordon Gee attempted to make his retirement announcement personal on Wednesday, citing everything from his age to his 7-month-old twin granddaughters to a California girlfriend as reasons for his abrupt departure next month. He continued to downplay the furor over remarks first reported by The Associated Press jabbing Roman Catholics, Notre Dame and the Southeastern Conference.

•  Penn State athletics: School trustees are on a mission to promote the reforms they have enacted as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, hoping their record might persuade the NCAA to reconsider its crippling penalties against the university before they are due to expire in 2018.

•  Rutgers athletics: Incoming athletic director Julie Hermann, speaking to reporters on a brief campus visit, believes her failure to deal professionally with players, on and off the court as a volleyball coach at Tennessee, has taught her much and that’s part of the reason she is “uniquely qualified” to run Rutgers’ scandal-plagued department. She said she is looking forward to June 17, her first day on the job.

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