TCU’s 4x100 relay team finished second with a time of 38.59 at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., on Friday night.
Arkansas won in 38.47.
That time beat what the Horned Frogs turned in on Wednesday in the preliminaries when they finished in 38.65, which had been the fastest time in the country.
On that team were Cameron Echols-Luper, Sam Watts, Ronnie Baker, and Kolby Listenbee, who each earned All-America honors.
In the 100 meter dash, Listenbee was slow out of the blocks and finished seventh in 10.03, just ahead of Clayton Vaughn of UT Arlington who was eighth at 10.04. The top five finishers all had sub-10 second times.
Vaughn earned his sixth career All-America honor with his finish.
He is just the fourth UTA athlete to claim at least six All-America honors, joining Elston Cawley (seven), Romain Martin (six) and McClinton Neal (six).
“What a career Clayton had,” UTA coach John Sauerhage told utamavs-.com. “He’s one of the all-time greats and a true pleasure to coach. He has made all of UT Arlington proud both on and off the track.”
Canadian Andre DeGrasse of USC swept the sprints with a pair of exceedingly fast, if wind-aided, times and host Oregon won its second straight men’s team title.
In a span of 55 minutes in the meet’s compacted schedule, DeGrasse won the 100 in 9.75 seconds and the 200 in 19.58. His 200 time was the fastest ever by a collegiate runner under any conditions.
Marquis Denby of Texas A&M dominated the triple jump, winning with a wind-aided 58 feet, 1 1/4 inches. He also won the long jump on Wednesday, his second straight victory in the two events.
Baylor hires Rodriguez
Steve Rodriguez was named Baylor’s new baseball coach after leading Pepperdine to three NCAA tournament appearances the past four seasons.
Rodriguez spent 12 seasons as the coach of his alma mater. He was an All-American second baseman for Pepperdine’s 1992 national championship team.
Rodriguez replaces Steve Smith, fired last month after the Bears went 23-32 for their fewest wins since 1981. It was Baylor’s third consecutive losing season since winning Big 12 Conference title in 2012. The Bears went to 13 NCAA regionals and made it to the College World Series in 2005 during Smith’s 21 seasons.
Pepperdine was 32-29 this year and won the West Coast Conference tournament to earn its eighth NCAA tournament bid overall under Rodriguez.
Early signing period
An early signing period for college football is close to becoming a reality after years of debate about giving prospects the opportunity to end their recruitment before February.
The Collegiate Commissioners Association, which administers the national letter of intent recruits sign to make their verbal commitments to a school binding, will meet next week in Asheville, N.C., and are expected to vote this week on a proposal to create a three-day signing period in December.