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Thursday Daily Bears Report: Afterburners

Traycon Bromell is fast. So fast, in fact, that the freshman sprinter is one of two first-year competitors to be named a candidate for collegiate track and field's top award.

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First off, Baylor baseball (24-30) is facing/faced elimination this morning in the Big 12 Baseball Tournament versus No. 3 seed Kansas. Yesterday, the No. 7 seed Bears rallied late but it wasn't enough to overtake No. 13 overall TCU (No. 2 seed) in an 8-5 loss on the opening day at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The first pitch against the flew at Jayhawks 9:00 a.m. This means that by the time I dragged myself out of bed and posted this article, the game was well underway. Here's the latest update:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>B7: Bears go down in order. Castano back out to the mound for T8. BU 4, KU 3.</p>&mdash; Baylor Baseball (@BaylorBaseball) <a href="">May 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Freshman Trayvon Bromell, who currently shares the World Junior Record in the 100m, was was one ten collegiate track and field competitors named to the Bowerman Award watch list. Only two freshmen were included on the list. Bromell, who tied the record with a 10.01 time at the Texas Relays, also holds the current national record wind-aided time with a 9.77 to take first at the Big 12 Championships in Lubbock.

Softball plays No. 2 Georgia in the Athens super-regional tomorrow. The best-of-three series will send the winner to Oklahoma City for the Womens College World Series. Chances are slim, but if Whitney Canion has another weekend like she did against Tulsa, Baylor taking the series is a real possibility.

Baylor golfer Hayley Davis jumped 33 places in the NCAA individual championships yesterday after a weak outing on Tuesday. She sits in 58th place overall (not as grim as it sounds, given golf's system of scoring) and competes in the third round today.

Both individual competitors in women's tennis were eliminated yesterday. Kiah Generette and Jordaan Sanford dropped their opening matches in the NCAA Singles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Diego Galeano recorded a victory in his opening round match of the NCAA Singles Championship, but both Nick Lenz and Patrick Pradella were eliminated. Pradella's Baylor career ended, and Lenz, a sophomore ranked third in the nation, was upset by the No. 54 seed. It is the second year in a row that Lenz has dropped in the first round.

Clay Johnston, an under-the-radar outside linebacker from Abilene Wylie, will be on campus Friday to meet with Phil Bennett and the staff. Johnston made waves when he blew up and received an extremely high Sparq rating last month, including rankings in the 99th percentile in every drill but the 40-yard dash. He was reportedly over the moon when he received the Baylor offer, so a new commitment may be coming soon. Here are his 2013 highlights, which show off his pursuit ability and lateral speed.

That's all, folks. Pray for baseball.