Thursday, April 13, 2017

Track & Field hosts Texas Invitational this weekend

Track & Field hosts Texas Invitational this weekend
Free admission for two-day meet at Myers Stadium
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Texas Track & Field returns to action this weekend as the Longhorns host the Texas Invitational. Action is set to take place over two days at Mike A. Myers Stadium beginning on Friday afternoon. This year's Texas Invitational brings student-athletes from across the country with a heavy dose of other teams from the Lone Star State.
The meet will include a number of ranked teams with Kentucky bringing its No. 3-ranked women's team. Texas enters the week ranked in the Top 10 on both the men's and women's side. Other ranked teams competing at the Texas Invitational are: Auburn Men (19), Auburn Women (25) and Kentucky Men (23).
Action starts at 2 p.m. Friday with eight field events taking place. The evening will conclude Friday with running of the 5,000 meters and a 3,000 meter steeplechase. Saturday's schedule starts at 10 a.m. with field events and running events fire off at 10:45. The meet is anticipated to finish at approximately 3:30 p.m. with the 4x400 relays.
Admission to the meet is free. Live results from the meet will be provided online via Fans can also get updates on the events through social media by following the team's official Twitter feed @TexasTFXC.
Events to Watch
•  Women's 100m Hurdles: This event will feature 2 of the top hurdlers in the NCAA as UT's Rushelle Burton takes on Kentucky's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn. Burton currently ranks No. 4 on the NCAA list with a time of 12.80 seconds. Camacho-Quinn is No. 2 at 12.69. Burton finished 5th at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60m hurdles with the Kentucky runner taking 7th.  Camacho-Quin is the defending NCAA champion outdoors in this event and represented Puerto Rico last summer at the Olympic Games in Rio.
•  Men's 110m Hurdles: The men's hurdles will also be an event loaded with top talent. Spencer Dunkerley-Offor of Texas faces Kentucky's Nick Anderson and Daniel Roberts. Both rank in the top 20 in the NCAA this season. Auburn's Welington Zaza also is in the top 20 to make this a strong field on Saturday.
•  Women's 100m: With 4 runners ranked in the top 16 of the USTFCCCA Rankings, this event features lots of speed. Sophomore Teahna Daniels makes her season debut in the event and will see a trio of Kentucky runners who have all run 11.40 or faster this year.
•  Men's 100m: Senior Senoj-Jay Givans makes his outdoor season debut and will be running his primary individual event. Givans became the first Longhorn to run a wind-legal sub-10 in the 100 meters. He is ranked No. 1 in the event according to USTFCCCA.
•  Men's 400m Hurdles: Olympian Byron Robinson is in the field and is expected to go up against Michigan's Taylor McLaughlin, who finished 5th at the NCAA Championships last year.
•  Women's Shot Put: Lifetime Longhorn Michelle Carter will step in the circle on Saturday afternoon to throw the shot put. Carter won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, becoming the first American woman to win the event in Olympic history. She also is the American record holder in the shot put and has been the top thrower in the U.S. over the last 9 years.
Texas Track & Field Notebook
Bruckner Breaks School Record

•  Freshman Elena Bruckner came to Texas as the No. 1 throwing recruit in the nation and showed her potential at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays by taking down the school record in the discus.
•  Bruckner muscled the disc out to a distance of 54.64 meters (179-4) on her second attempt to better the previous record of 177-7.
•  The discus record, set by Laura Messner in 1981, was the oldest women's school record still standing. Messner set her mark at Texas Relays as well. Now the oldest women's school record is the 1500m and triple jump, but set in 1986. The oldest overall record is the men's 3000m steeplechase set back in 1984.
Burton Continues to Roll
•  Freshman hurdler Rushelle Burton won silver at the 2016 IAAF World Junior Championships for Jamaica and has been posting fast times in her first year as a Longhorn.
•  Burton crossed the line at the Texas Relays in 12.80 seconds to take second place in the 100m hurdles. That time ranks her fifth in school history and currently puts her at No. 4 in the NCAA this season.
•  Burton trails only UTEP's Tobi Amusan, who bested her at Texas Relays, defending NCAA champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Kentucky and Oregon's Alaysha Johnson.
•  Burton will face Camacho-Quinn this week at the Texas Invitational. The last time they met, Burton got the best with a 5th-place finish at the NCAA indoor championship compared to Camacho-Quinn's 7th.
•  So far this outdoor season, Burton has also played a key role in UT's 4x100m relay team. She ran anchor at both the Victor Lopez Classic and Texas Relays. The Longhorns currently rank 8th in the NCAA this year.
Future Longhorn Wows Crowd at Texas Relays
•  Incoming freshman Sam Worley showed what the future could look like for the mid-distance program at Texas as the high school senior grabbed a victory in the Jerry Thompson Men's Mile at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
•  Worley bested a few of his future teammates and Lifetime Longhorn Leo Manzano with an amazing time of 4:00.61 to narrowly miss becoming just the 10th American high school runner to clock a sub-4 minute mile. Instead, Worley ranks No. 11 all-time in U.S. history with his mark.
Standard Bearers
•  No school holds more current collegiate records than the Texas Longhorns. The men and women combine to hold a total of 7 collegiate records in NCAA championship events half way into the end of the 2017 outdoor season. The nearest competitor is Texas A&M with 6. Oregon and Arkansas each hold 5 records. Colorado and LSU have 4, and all of Colorado's records are held by a single athlete.
•  Two of UT's records were set during the 2016 campaign. Ryan Crouser tied the indoor collegiate record in the shot put at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Courtney Okolo already owned the collegiate record in the outdoor 400 meters, but she cut .32 off her time running 49.71 seconds at the LSU Alumni Gold in April.
Mahler Among Best in Texas History
•  Redshirt junior Wolf Mahler put together the best 2 days of his career at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays as he finished 3rd in the decathlon with a total of 7,897 points.
•  Mahler posted personal records in nearly every event, including an impressive 4 PRs in the high jump alone to catapult himself to No. 4 in school history with his point total.
•  He stands No. 6 in the NCAA this season and is knocking on the door of joining the 8000-point club.
Robinson Debuts in Primary Event
•  Olympian Byron Robinson made his season debut in his primary event at the Texas Relays, clocking 51.21 seconds to advance to the final of the men's 400 meter hurdles.
•  In the final Robinson ran 49.93 seconds to finish in second place and stand 6th on the descending order list this season.
Long Posts PR in Outdoor Debut
•  In her first outdoor meet of the season, All-American Kally Long set a new outdoor personal record at the Texas Relays with a clearance of 4.40m (14-5.25).
•  Long almost tied the school record, being knocked out of the competition at 4.50m. Her 3rd attempt saw her get hip clearance over the bar but she brushed it and it fell for her final miss.
•  She currently leads the Big 12 in her event outdoors and ranks No. 5 in the NCAA.
•  5 of the top 10 marks in the country came from the Texas Relays.
Steeplechasers Making Impact
•  Redshirt freshman John Rice posted a victory for the Longhorns in the men's steeplechase at the Texas Relays.
•  He ran his first race over the barriers since high school and clocked in at 9:04.30 while holding off a late charge from the competition. His time is No. 3 in the Big 12 this season.
•  Sophomore Meghan Lloyd flirted with breaking the school record in the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase during Texas Relays by shattering her previous PR.
•  Lloyd ran 10:30.17 to finish second and miss the record by less than four seconds. Her time puts her just outside the top 30 in the NCAA and is 3rd in the Big 12.
Triple Jumpers Fly at Texas Relays
•  Freshman O'Brien Wasome found himself in a tight battle in the men's triple jump during Texas Relays with 5 of the top 10 marks in the NCAA this season coming out of that competition.
•  Wasome leapt an impressive 16.31m (53-6.25) for a new personal best. That mark also ranks 6th in school history.
•  Wasome finished 4th in the meet and currently stands at No. 2 in the NCAA behind Baylor's Felix Obi. He is tied with NCAA indoor champion KeAndre Bates of Florida at 16.31m.
•  Moving up the conference rankings for women was redshirt freshman Georgia Wahl as she put together her best performance as a Longhorn.
•  Wahl leapt 12.77 meters (41-10.75) in the B section of the women's triple jump to finish in fifth place. Her mark was wind-aided and does not count toward official records, but it does move her into 4th on the Big 12 list this season. She also is now in the top 30 at the national level.

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