Senoj-Jay Givans qualified with the best time (9.96 seconds) in the men’s 100-meter semifinals at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. on Wednesday night. Givans was the only runner to finish the race in under 10 seconds.
With his qualifying time, Givans became the first Longhorn to ever run a sub-10 in the event. His time is a school record and ninth best in collegiate history. Givans also broke the school record during the semifinals last year with a time of 10.03.
Texas freshman John Burt, who also plays wide receiver for the Longhorns football team, finished the men’s 110-meter hurdles in 14.32 seconds, but failed to qualify for the event’s final.
“Senoj-Jay definitely rises to the occasion,” head coach Mario Sategna said. “We’ve always known he’s got tremendous ability, and I think he’s still capable of something even faster.”
I accomplished more than I ever thought I would coming into this… https://t.co/uVy7KG3imt
— John Burt (@JohnBurt_1) June 9, 2016
In a post on Instagram the Longhorns leading receiver (457 yards) last season said, “from my first college meet all the way to making NCAA nationals is beyond the goals I had set for myself.”
Burt was among a total of 24 individuals and relay teams competing at the NCAA Championships for the Longhorns.
Reese Watson finished in a tie for 17th place in the men’s pole vault finals. He cleared a height of 16 feet, 10 3/4 inches.
Steffin McCarter, a freshman, finished in 13th place in the men’s long jump finals with his jump of 24-5 1/2.
The Texas men’s 400 relay team just missed qualifying for the finals, finishing in 39.258. Arizona State took the last spot in the final in 39.255.
Alex Rogers capped off his freshman season with a 3:56.52 finish in the men’s 1500 meters, but he missed qualifying for the final.
Zack Bilderback finished the men’s 400 in 46.82, just over a second short of qualifying. Robert Uhr also missed out on qualifying in the 800-meter run, finishing the race in 1:53.41.
Through six events, the Longhorns have failed to score any team points. Oregon leads overall with 19 points with Arkansas in second with 16. The Texas A&M Aggies are tied for 12th with eight points.
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