Three more UT Arlington athletes punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships on Friday night at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin.
Quentin Butler ran a personal-best time of 9.9 to win the third and final heat. It was the second-fastest time in the competition and also the No. 2 time in school history.
Clayton Vaughn won his heat with a 10.08, the sixth-fastest time among the 24 runners.
Emil Blomberg qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the second straight year. He posted a time of 8:48.60 to finish second in the final heat. His time was the fifth-best of the night, less than six seconds off the best time.
TCU’s Listenbee advances
Kolby Listenbee of TCU qualified for the NCAA Championships by finishing second in his heat in the 100 meters with a 10.09. He finished seventh overall.
Brianna McGhee qualified for the quarterfinals with a wind-aided 13.10 in the 100-meter hurdles. She grabbed a second-place finish and was fifth overall.
McGhee is slated to compete in the quarterfinals today.
Sam Watts, the junior from London, had an automatic qualifying berth in the men’s 200. Watts finished third in his heat at 20.77 to earn a berth into tomorrow’s quarterfinal.
Also in competition tomorrow will be: Scotty Newton (men’s triple jump) at 6 p.m., the men’s 4x100 relay at 6:15 and the 4x400 relay at 9:45.
TCU golfers 11th
TCU shot an 8-over 296 and is tied for 11th place following the first day of the NCAA Championship in Bradenton, Fla.
The Horned Frogs are just four shots out of fifth place in the bunched field.
The top 15 teams following 54 holes will advance to the final round of stroke play on Monday. The top eight teams from that round will advance to match play.
Andrew Presley and Paul Barjon each shot a 1-over 73 and are tied for 35th.
Illinois leads with a 2-under 286. Illinois’ Thomas Detry shot 4-under 68 for a share of the individual lead.
Softball World Series
Florida 4, LSU 0: Lauren Haeger hit a two-run homer and threw a complete game to help the Gators beat the Tigers in the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
The defending champion Gators (57-6) are one win away from heading back to the championship series. LSU (51-13) will face elimination tonight.
Haeger’s homer in the top of the fifth inning opened the scoring. Freshman Nicole DeWitt hit a solo homer, just her second of the season, in the top of the sixth inning to put the Gators up 3-0 and chase LSU’s Carley Hoover.
Haeger, the national player of the year, threw just 79 pitches.
LSU had won two of the three regular-season meetings and scored a combined 23 runs in the victories.