Two TCU athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships with performances Friday at the NCAA West Preliminary in Fayetteville, Ark.
Megan Smith was third in the women’s discus with a school-record throw of 181 feet, 10 inches. Texas A&M’s Shelbi Vaughan, from Mansfield Legacy, won with a throw of 194 feet.
TCU’s Ronnie Baker ran a personal-best 10.132 to qualify in the men’s 100-meter dash. Four TCU men advanced to today’s semifinals: Jordan Moore (110 hurdles) and Baker, Kolby Listenbee and Sam Watts (200).
UT Arlington’s Clayton Vaughn advanced to the NCAA Championships with a time of 10.14 in the men’s 100, and teammate Emil Blomberg advanced in the 3,000 steeplechase.
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North Texas’ Clinton Collins (men’s 400) and Chastity Stewart (women’s 400 hurdles) qualified for the Championships.
SEC warns of ‘Division IV’
The Southeastern Conference sent a strong message to the NCAA on Friday: provide the Big Five some autonomy or they’ll form their own division.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said if the Big Five conferences — which also include the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 — don’t get the flexibility needed to create their own bylaws, the next step would be to move to “Division IV.”
“It’s not something we want to do,” Slive said on the final day of the SEC meetings in Destin, Fla. .”
Moving to Division IV would keep the Big Five under the NCAA umbrella while granting college football’s biggest money makers the power to better take care of student-athletes.
The SEC, for example, would like to pay full cost of college attendance, provide long-term medical coverage and offer incentives to kids who return to school and complete degrees.
•Florida 4, Oregon 0:
Hannah Rogers threw her fifth shutout of the postseason and the Gators (52-12) beat the top-seeded Ducks (55-8-1) on Friday night in the Women’s College World Series. Florida moved within a win of reaching the . Oregon will face an elimination game today against Baylor or Florida State.
•Alabama 2, Kentucky 0:
Jaclyn Traina pitched a four-hit shutout, escaping a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the ninth.
• Oklahoma State football: Freshman running back Devon Thomas was jailed Friday on felony complaints of armed robbery and shooting with intent to kill as investigators in Thomas’ hometown of Broken Arrow, Okla., determined whether he fired a gun in a heist earlier this week, narrowly missing the head of his alleged victim.
• SEC revenues: The league will distribute a record $309.6 million. The average for each school, excluding $16.8 million from bowls, was $20.9 million.