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TCU’s Baker featured in Big 12 track showdown today in Fort Worth

TCU’s Ronnie Baker, left, runs next to Yoshihide Kiryu of Japan in the 100-meter Invitational at the Texas Relays.
TCU’s Ronnie Baker, left, runs next to Yoshihide Kiryu of Japan in the 100-meter Invitational at the Texas Relays. AP

TCU’s Ronnie Baker will be in the spotlight in a showdown of world-class running speed when the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships conclude Sunday in Fort Worth at Lowden Track and Field Complex at TCU.

Baker turned in a wind-aided time of 10.17 seconds, second fastest in the prelims Saturday, to advance to Sunday’s finals of the 100 meters.

The Horned Frogs senior will face off against Texas’ Senoj-Jay Givans (top qualifying time of 10.14) nd Oklahoma State’s John Teeters, who hold the nation’s fourth and eighth-fastest 100 times, respectively, this season.

Since the outdoor opener, Baker has topped the NCAA’s 2016 list at 9.95.

The event is scheduled at 6:35 p.m. Sunday.

The championship will resume at 11 a.m. Sunday with the women’s discus. Final running events are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. with the 4x100-meter relays. Events come to a close around 8:35 p.m. with the 4x400m relays.

The team championship presentations will follow at roughly 9 p.m. All of the running events, starting at 4:25 p.m., will be streamed live on Fox Sports Go.

Baker will be joined in the 100 finals by teammate Sam Watts, who turned in the fourth-best qualifying time in 10.27.

Watts also qualified for the finals in the 200, winning Heat 4 with the second-fastest qualifying time of 20.72.

TCU’s Scotty Newton finished fifth in the long jump with a mark of 24 feet, 10  1/2 inches.

One the women’s side, senior Brianna McGhee set a TCU record in the prelims of the 100 hurdles in 12.88. The time is sixth fastest in the country this season.

Freshman Kayla Heard won Heat 2 of the 400 meters in 54.18.

Megan Smith placed sixth in the shot put with a toss of 53-2  3/4.

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