Texas ex Ashley Spencer won her heat and posted the second fastest time in the 400 meter hurdles preliminary round Monday night in Rio de Janeiro.
Spencer crossed the finish line in 55.12 seconds to win heat 3 and qualify for the semifinals. Jamaica’s Ristananna Tracey clocked the fastest time in the prelims at 54.88.
Spencer will compete alongside 24 other runners in the semifinals on Tuesday. The top two finishers in each heat, plus the next two fastest times will advance to Thursday’s final.
Men’s 400 meter hurdles: Longhorn Byron Robinson placed third in his heat in the men’s 400 meter hurdles preliminary round to advance to the semifinals Monday at the Rio Games.
Robinson had the 12th fastest time in the prelims at 48.98 seconds. Jamacia’s Annsert Whyte posted the top time at 48.37.
Men’s volleyball: The USA men’s volleyball team, along with Texas volleyball associate head coach Erik Sullivan, swept Mexico in three sets 25-23, 25-11, 25-19 to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals Monday in Rio de Janeiro.
The victory gave Team USA nine points in pool play. Prior to Monday’s match, Team USA was tied with Brazil, France and Canada with six points.
Men’s high jump: UT’s Jamal Wilson missed out on qualifying for the men’s high jump final after placing 25th in the qualifying round late Sunday night in Rio.
Wilson, representing the Bahamas, cleared the bars set at 2.17 meters and 2.22 meters but was unable to clear the third bar set at 2.26 meters.
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