This weekend, Texas will return to the track and the field.
Texas’ track and field program will send the bulk of its athletes to Texas Tech’s Corky Classic on Saturday. For Texas, the indoor season technically began at last month’s Clemson Opener. Only eight Longhorns were sent to that competition, but Elena Bruckner (shot put), Barrett Poth (pole vault), O’Brien Wasome (long jump) and Alan Zapalac (weight throw) recorded wins.
The Longhorns will be joined in Lubbock by the hosts, Baylor, Houston, LSU and Oklahoma State. The Corky Classic, which will christen Texas Tech’s Sports Performance Center, is named in honor of a longtime coach and administrator for the Red Raiders. Gerald “Corky” Oglesby, who also served as an official at the Texas Relays, lost a battle with cancer this past November.
“We’re very excited to get our season rolling this weekend, but even more so we are humbled to be invited to the inaugural Corky Classic,” UT coach Mario Sategna said in a press release. “Corky Oglesby made a significant impact on our sport with decades of service and coaching at Texas Tech.”
Texas does not have an indoor facility, so UT fans will have to catch the Longhorns on the road this winter. Texas is set to return to Texas Tech later this month, and the Longhorns will also participate at meets in places like College Station, Seattle and Fayetteville, Ark.
The Big 12 meet will be held in Ames, Iowa from Feb. 23-24. College Station will host the NCAA championships in March.