Texas sprinter A.J. Bailey, after sitting out 2015 because of NCAA transfer rules, is back on track with his college career. (UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS ATHLETICS PHOTO)

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Longhorns qualify many at Big 12 Indoor Championship

Posted February 25th, 2017

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The Texas Longhorns made the most of their opportunities on the first day of the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championship.

The Texas men are currently 1-2-3 in the heptathlon, with Steele Wasik leading with 3,254 points. George Patrick is in second with 3,140 points while Wolf Mahler is in third place with 3,058. Four of seven events have been completed.

“It was important with the three guys we have in the heptathlon to perform at that level because that was really going to get things started,” head coach Mario Sategna said. “They’re not only trying to score points for the team, but they’re all trying to move up the national list and make it to NCAA’s.”

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All four women’s hurdlers qualified for the finals. Rushelle Burton recorded a personal best, finishing the race in 8.03 seconds. It’s the third best performance in school history.

Spencer Dunkerley-Offor qualified for the men’s final with a time of 7.80, the fastest time in the men’s prelim.

Teahna Daniels advance to the 60-meter finals with a time of 7.36. Alexis Duncan also qualified at large with a time of 7:43. Duncan qualified as a hurdler as well.

Senoj-Joy Givans ran a season-best 6.64 in the men’s prelim. Charles Anumnu failed to qualify with a time of 6.809 due to a coin flip.

All three men’s 200 competitors qualified for the final, led by Aldrich Bailey Jr. Givans and Anumnu also qualified.

“Getting three guys through in the 200 is going to be huge for us tomorrow if we’re going to be contending for a team title,” Sategna said.

Calie Spencer finished in third place in the pole vault, scoring eight points for Texas. She posted a personal best clearance of 13 feet, 8 1/2 inches.

Steffin McCarter scored six points with a third-place finish in the long jump. He posted a mark of 25-3/4. Alan Zapalac got five points for his fourth-place finish in the weight throw. He tossed the weight 66-3. Barrett Poth tied for fourth place in the pole vault, collecting 4.5 team points.

Byron Robinson advanced to the final in the 600 as did Sydne Fowler and Gabby Crank for the women.

Robert Uhr and Mary Beth Hamilton both advanced in the 800 race.

Destiny Collins qualified for the mile with a new personal record. Alex Rogers had the best prelim time in the men’s event.

The women’s distance medley team scored six points with a third place finish while the men finished in fourth.

The Baylor women and Kansas men lead the championship. The Kansas men (54.4 points) hold a commanding lead over Oklahoma State (27 points) and Texas (24 points), while Baylor’s 38 points are two better than Kansas State on the women’s side.

The Big 12 Indoor Championship concludes on Saturday.

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