Texas' Micaiah Harris competes in the men's 200 meters during the NCAA outdoor track and field championships Friday, June 7, 2019, in Austin, Texas. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Texas track takes seven wins at Hilton Memorial Invitational

Posted January 17th, 2020

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The Texas track and field teams picked up five individual wins and two relay triumphs at the Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational in Houston on Friday.

Micaiah Harris won the men’s 400 meters in 46.61 seconds for the second best mark in the world this season. He started and finished the race strong, taking an early lead and then pulling away late.

Steffin McCarter competed unattached but had the best day in the long jump, breaking a meet record. His mark of 26 feet, 3 3/4 inches is an indoor personal best and the second best mark in the world this season. He beat the 17-year-old record set by Jason Edwards of Houston.

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O’Brien Wasome took second place with a mark of 24-9 3/4.

Warren Miller took the pole vault competition with a mark of 17-3/4. It’s his second win in a row following a victory at the FasTrak Collegiate Opener in December.

The men also took the 1600-meter relay in a time of 3 minutes, 9.54 seconds. Jon Maas, Jonathan Jones, Harris and Terry Brown Jr. teamed up for the win.

For the women, Kathryn Gillespie led a 1-2-3 finish for Texas in the 800 meters. Gillespie clocked a time of 2:08.15 which is the best time in the NCAA this season. Brooke Jaworski took second while Alexandria Cruz finished third.

Destiny Collins won the women’s mile in 4:53.28, finishing ahead of the field by more than six seconds. Claudine Blancaflor took third.

The women’s distance medley relay finished in 12:00.59 for the No. 3 time in the NCAA this season. Abby Guidry, Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, Valery Tobias and Halena Rahmaan teamed up for the  win.

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