Smith, Baker Earn Bids to Eugene
May 30, 2014
Lorraine Ugen, who qualified for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, Friday, will have company for the June 11-14 meet.
TCU's Ronnie Baker ran a personal-best 10.132 in the 100 meters Friday at John McDonnell Field to punch his ticket, giving the Frogs the chance to repeat in the event. Last year, Frog Charles Silmon won the NCAA 100-meter title.
TCU's Megan Smith, with a school-record toss of 181-10 in the women's discus to finish third overall in Fayetteville, will make her first trip to the NCAA Championships.
"They are on their way to Eugene and that's a good thing, and we have three guys that are in the semifinals in the 200 (Saturday) and that's a good thing too," TCU track and field coach Darryl Anderson said.
Smith's school-record toss, which breaks her own mark of 181-03, came on her fifth throw that vaulted her from 10th to third.
"I'm happy for her. She was unhappy with her performance in the shot last night and she was able to respond and come back today and get third to move on to Eugene," Anderson said.
TCU's Jordan Moore, the Big 12 Champion in the 110 hurdles, advances to Saturday's semifinals (7:05 p.m.) in the event with the time of 14.06.
In the men's 200 meters, Baker (20.81), Kolby Listenbee (20.914) and Sam Watts (21.07) all qualified for Saturday's 7:35 p.m. semifinal, while Cameron Echols-Luper (21.19) just missed it by one-hundredth of a second.
Frog Briyanni Thomas (53.93) narrowly missed making it to Eugene in the women's 400 meters as did Listenbee (10.33) in the men's 100 meters.
Final-day competition gets underway for the TCU men at 3 p.m. with the discus, while the running events kick off at 6 p.m. with the quarterfinals of the 4 x 100 relay.