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

Two school records fall during split-squad track and field competition

Posted January 24th, 2020

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The Texas track and field team competed in split-squad action Friday and came away with a pair of school records.

The Longhorns competed at the John Thomas Terrier Classic in Boston, Mass. and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.

Micaiah Harris broke the men’s school record in the 200 meters, clocking a time of 20.53 seconds. That time leads the NCAA this season. The record, broken in Albuquerque, gives Harris the top mark in both indoor and outdoor competition.

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On the women’s side, Kathryn Gillespie shattered the indoor mile record with a time of 4 minutes, 34.64 seconds. The time, recorded in Boston, broke the record by more than five seconds. It’s the best time in the country by a college athlete this season.

Also competing in Albuquerque, long jumper Steffin McCarter won his event for the second week in a row. He competed unattached and recorded a mark of 26 feet, 2 1/4 inches. For the women, Georgia Wahl finished in fourth place with a mark of 19-3 1/2.

Julien Alfred also picked up a win Friday. She took the women’s 200 meters with a time of 23.50.

The women also won the 3200 meter relay with a time of 8:46.16 in Boston. Destiny Collins, Gillespie, Valery Tobias and Alexandria Cruz teamed up for the win.

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