Edrick Floreal, the new University of Texas at Austin track and field coach, left, poses with Chris Del Conte, Texas athletic director, right, at the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Austin, TX. AMANDA VOISARD/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Longhorns win six events at Clemson Invitational

Posted January 18th, 2019

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The Texas track and field squad recorded six wins, and several personal bests, on the first day of the Clemson Invitational in Clemson, S.C. Friday.

“We had a very successful first day this afternoon at the Clemson Invitational,” head coach Edrick Floréal said. “We had six student-athletes post wins and several record top-10 marks in our record books. In addition to that, 17 had personal bests.”

Jonathan Jones won the 400 meters in 46.21 seconds, posting a new personal best which is the best in the country this season.

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Alex Rogers won the mile race in under four minutes. It’s his first career sub-4-minute mile and his time of 3:59.01 is the fifth-fastest time in school history.

On the women’s side, Kynnedy Flannel won the 60 meters in 7.26 seconds, a personal best.

In field events, Steffin McCarter took the long jump and Shay Petty won the women’s pole vault. Elena Bruckner also took the top spot in the shot put.

Tripp Piperi finished the shot put in second place but eclipsed the 20-meter mark for the second week in a row.

Kennedy Simon and Alex Cruz each took second place and notched personal bests in their events. Simon finished the 400 meters in 53.71 while Cruz finished the women’s mile in 4:44.12.

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