Texas' Morolake Akinosun placed 12th in the 200 meters semifinals at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Saturday. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Longhorns qualify many at NCAA West preliminary round

Posted May 27th, 2016


The Texas Longhorns track & field team qualified many at the NCAA West preliminary round in Lawrence, Kan. on Friday. In all, 13 Longhorns qualified for the NCAA Championships which will be held in Eugene, Ore. beginning on June 8.

Morolake Akinosun qualified for the 100-meter final with a time of 11.36 seconds. Freshman Teahna Daniels missed out on the final by .002 seconds. Three Texas A&M Aggies, Brenessa Thompson (11.39), Jennifer Madu (11.42) and Aaliyah Brown (11.49), all qualified for the final.

On the men’s side of the 100-meter event, Senoj-Jay Givans qualified for Texas with a time of 10:36.


In the women’s 400-meter qualifying Courtney Okolo and Chrisann Gordon were the top qualifiers. Okolo finished in a time of 51.06 while Gordon clocked a 51.39.

Zack Bilderback’s 46.52 was good enough to qualify him for the men’s 400 final.

Mary Beth Hamilton took the final qualifying spot in the women’s 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 6.89 seconds.

Robert Uhr ran a 1:48.61 to qualify eighth in the men’s 800 event.

Ariel Jones qualified sixth in the women’s 400 hurdles with a time of 57.61.

In field events, Steffin McCarter was the fourth qualifier in the men’s long jump. The freshmen had a mark of 25 feet-3 1/4 inches.

No Longhorns qualified in the women’s high jump, but Chelsie Decoud of Texas State was tied for best qualifying height as she cleared the bar at 5-10 3/4.

Two Longhorns qualified in the men’s pole vault event. Barret Poth cleared a height of 17-3 3/4 as did Reese Watson.

Kally Long and Ali Uhle both qualified in the women’s pole vault. Long qualified third with a height of 13-10 while Uhle cleared 13-6 1/4.

The preliminary round continues on Saturday.

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