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Texas A&M standout, Mansfield Legacy grad Vaughan qualifies for Olympics

Shelbi Vaughan competes during the final for the women’s discus throw at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Saturday in Eugene Ore. She finished second to earn one of three Olympic berths in the event.
Shelbi Vaughan competes during the final for the women’s discus throw at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Saturday in Eugene Ore. She finished second to earn one of three Olympic berths in the event. AP

Texas A&M’s Shelbi Vaughan, a former standout at Mansfield Legacy and Azle, qualified Saturday for the 2016 Summer Olympics with a second-place finish in the discus at the U.S. track and field trials in Eugene, Ore.

Vaughan, 21, had a throw of 197 feet, 9 inches to nudge Wisconsin’s Kelsey Card by six inches for second place. Whitney Ashley won the event with a throw of 204-2. The top three secure Olympic berths.

Vaughn finished fourth in the 2012 trials as a high schooler.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Wariner’s bid for another Olympics ended. The former Baylor and Arlington Lamar standout did not finish in the men’s 400-meter semifinal heat. Former Texas and Mansfield Timberview standout Aldrich Bailey finished sixth in his semifinal heat with a time of 45.42 seconds. Tony McQuay led qualifiers at 44.24.

In the first round of the men’s 100 meters UT Arlington alums Clayton Vaughn (10.04 seconds) and Quentin Butler (10.12) and TCU’s Ronnie Baker (10.09) advanced to the 21-man semifinals. Vaughn was seventh fastest, Baker 12th and Butler 17th.

Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Trayvon Bromell and Mike Rodgers all advanced easily through the 100 first round. Gatlin won his heat in 10.03 seconds, to move one step closer to a possible Olympic showdown with Usain Bolt.

In the women’s long jump, former TCU and Birdville High School standout Whitney Gipson finished 11th in the final with a jump of 20 feet, 3 inches. She had qualified for the final by finishing sixth in Friday’s prelims.

Defending Olympic champion Brittany Reese (23 feet, 11  3/4 inches) won the long jump and world champion Tianna Bartoletta (23- 1/2 ) was second. Janay DeLoach (22-9), the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, was third.

Southlake Carroll’s Reed Brown won the boys’ mile at the trials, with a time of 4:04.73.

Allyson Felix, nursing an injured ankle, advanced to the final of the women’s 400, finishing her lap in 50.31 seconds, .03 behind Francena McCorory. Felix is nursing an injured right ankle that she said is still bothering her.

Molly Huddle, Emily Infeld and Marielle Hall qualified for the Olympics in the women’s 10,000-meter run.

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