Three Mainers qualify for NCAA track championships

Brynn Smith of Saco, Becky O’Brien of Cumberland and David Slovenski of Brunswick qualified for the NCAA Division I championships by finishing in the top 12 at the East Regional in Bloomington, Ind.

Smith, a senior at Brown University, placed fifth in the women’s hammer throw with a distance of 199 feet, 1 inch. O’Brien, a sophomore at Buffalo, was 10th in the shot put (53-113/4), and Slovenski, a junior at Princeton, was 12th in the pole vault (16-103/4).

Tufts sophomore Matt Rand of Cape Elizabeth earned All-American honors by placing sixth in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30 minutes, 37.17 seconds at the NCAA Division III championships in Delaware, Ohio.

USM junior Bethany Dumas of Augusta also became an All-American with an eighth-place finish in the pole vault (11-111/4).

David Pless of Bates was eighth in the shot put (55-1), and teammate Chris Murtagh placed seventh in the hammer (191-0).

Matthew Forgues of Boothbay, a freshman at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa, finished fourth in the 5,000-meter racewalk in the NAIA national championships at Marion, Ind.

Forgues completed the race in 22 minutes, 20.59 seconds.

CROSS COUNTRY: Ray Putnam was named men’s and women’s cross country coach at St. Joseph’s, the school announced.

Putnam has been coach of the cross country and track and field teams at Lewiston High School.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Texas A&M System Board of Regents approved a five-year, $5 million contract for new coach Billy Kennedy, including $500,000 a year in salary and another $500,000 in a media supplement.

MEN’S TENNIS: Bates sophomore Matt Bettles became the seventh player in school history to earn NCAA All-American honors by reaching the Round of 16 at the Division III singles championship at Claremont, Calif.


PGA: Sergio Garcia and Ryan Palmer shared the lead after two rounds in the Byron Nelson Championship at Irving, Texas.

Garcia posted his second consecutive 4-under 66. Palmer shot 67 in the second round.

Tim Petrovic and Scott Piercy were three strokes back.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Alvaro Quiros of Spain birdied the final three holes for a 4-under 67 and a share of the second-round lead in the BMW PGA Championship with Luke Donald of England and Italian teenager Matteo Manassero at Virginia Water, England.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Kiyoshi Murota shot a 5-under 67 to take a four-stroke lead over Nick Price and Hale Irwin in the suspended second round of the Senior PGA Championship at Louisville, Ky.


WNBA: Margo Dydek, a 7-foot-2 former WNBA player who led the league in blocks nine times, died after being placed in a medically induced coma following a heart attack a week ago. She was 37.

Dydek, pregnant with her third child, was stricken with a heart attack May 19 and collapsed at her home in Brisbane, Australia.


U.S. WOMEN’S TEAM: Three-time Olympian Todd Hays was hired to coach the American women’s team. He retired from driving after suffering a head injury in 2009.


GIRO D’ITALIA: Paolo Tiralongo of Italy finished ahead of overall leader Alberto Contador of Spain to win the 19th stage, a 129-mile ride from Bergamo to Macugnaga.


BELMONT STAKES: Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is ready to run in the Belmont Stakes on June 11.

Trainer Graham Motion said the 3-year-old colt came out of his second-place finish in the Preakness in fine shape and will remain at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md., until the week of the race at Belmont Park.

Animal Kingdom will attempt to become the 12th horse to complete a Derby-Belmont double.