The Texas track teams qualified for nine event finals on Saturday at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Lawrence, Kansas.
Texas earned 22 spots this weekend and have 23 entries at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The NCAA Outdoor Championships will start on June 8 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
The Horns started the day by qualifying for the men’s and women’s 4×100 meter relays. Morolake Akinosun ran the anchor leg and the Longhorns placed third in their heat at 44.64 seconds. Akinosun also qualified for the 200 meters by winning her heat in 22.81 seconds, her best time recorded this season.
By advancing in her two individual events and both relays, Akinosun will attempt to become the first woman to score points in four events at three straight NCAA Outdoor Championships. She is one of only two women to score points in four events at back-to-back NCAA Outdoor Championships. She shares the honor with six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
The Texas women’s 4×400 relay team ran the ninth fastest collegiate time recorded and placed second behind Arkansas. UT’s Chrisann Gordon, Zola Golden, Ariel Jones and Courtney Okolo crossed in 3 minutes 25.59 seconds. The Razorbacks ran the seventh fastest time recorded in collegiate history at 3 minutes 25.48.
The men’s 4×400 meter relay team failed to qualify after A.J. Bailey suffered an apparent injury heading into the final turn.
“He felt his hamstring tighten up on the backstretch and he did the right thing.” said Sategna. “We hope with our great medical staff they will work to get him back on track so he could possibly anchor the 4×100 in Eugene.”
The Longhorns added a spot in the 5,000 meters final and got two spots in field event finals.
Sandie Raines got the final qualifying spot in the 5,000 meters, finishing 12th in 16 minutes 25.87 seconds.
Texas freshman Asa Garcia placed eight in the triple jump and freshman Steffin McCarter qualified for men’s long jump.
Ashley Miller and Texas wide receiver John Burt qualified for hurdles finals.
Miller took third in 100 meter hurdles and Burt was 11th in the 110 meter hurdles at 13.91 seconds.
“I was super-excited to see John Burt. He’s a competitor,” Sategna said. “He runs through those hurdles like he’s running across the middle to catch a pass. And that’s really important because we pride ourselves over the years in having some really good two-sport athletes.
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