The Texas Longhorns indoor track and field season began with a second place finish for the men and a third-place performance from the women in College Station on Saturday.
The Longhorns took 11 victories at the event, including a career-best win by pole vaulter Kally Long who cleared 14 feet, 6 inches on her second attempt. She bested the outdoor Big 12 champion Annie Rhodes of Baylor in the win. Her mark is tied for the best in the country so far this season.
“I told myself coming into this I had a goal of 14-5,” said Long. “I told myself not to get too amped up, to just relax and do what’s natural and it all felt right into place.”
Texas did well in field events with the men winning all four jumping competitions.
Steffin McCarter jumped 25-6 in the long jump, winning by more than 16 inches. It’s the second-best mark this season.
“Those are not just great conference-type performances. Those are marks that get you into the NCAA meet,” said Longhorns head coach Mario Sategna.
Obrien Wasome took the men’s triple jump event, with a leap of 51-1 1/2.
Barrett Poth cleared 17-5 1/2 to win the men’s pole vault while Spencer McCloud cleared 6-9 3/4 in his high jump victory.
Spencer Dunkerley-Offor saw success on the track, finishing the men’s 60-meter hurdles in 7.88 seconds. His victory was .06 off a personal record.
Both the men and women won the distance medley relay events. The Longhorn women set a new meet record with a time of 11:33.35 while the men won in 9:54.68.
The Texas men swept the top three spots of the 3,000 meters as John Rice finished in 8:18.30 ahead of teammates Alex Rogers and Spencer Dodds.
Teahna Daniels took the women’s 60-meter event in 7.39. Ariel Jones also got a win in the hurdles with a time of 8.41.
Texas freshman Elena Bruckner debuted with an outstanding throw of 52-6 in the shot put to take second place. Her throw was the sixth best in school history.