Texas pole vaulter Kally Long during practice on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Longhorns track and field squad notches wins and personal bests

Posted January 21st, 2017

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The Texas Longhorns track and field team had strong showings at two events on Saturday. Longhorns sprinters and middle distance runners fared well at the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Ky. while throwers and vaulters competed at the Cherry and Silver Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.

In New Mexico, the women picked up a couple of wins as Kally Long won the pole vault event and Elena Bruckner finished first in the shot put.

Long cleared a height of 14 feet, 3 1/4 inches for her second straight victory. Shay Petty finished in fourth place for the Longhorns.

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“I’m really happy that Kally was able to go in and jump well after her strong opener last week,” assistant coach Ty Sevin said. “Any time you go in after a double-PR, you never know how they will respond the next time out.”

Bruckner’s first collegiate win came as the result of a 51 foot, 7 3/4 inch throw. Lauryn Caldwell finished in fifth with a throw of 47-9 1/4.

At the McCravy Memorial, Spencer Dunkerley-Offor posted the fourth-fastest time in school history in the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles. His time of 7.78 was the best qualifying time and the third best time in the NCAA this season.

Teahna Daniels took a second place finish in the 60 meters with a time of 7.21. It was the third-fastest time in the NCAA this season.

Aldrich Bailey Jr. finished the 60-meter race in 6.78 to take fourth at the meet.

Mary Beth Hamilton finished in third place of the 800 meters in a time of 2:07.72.

Obrien Wasome posted a mark of 51 feet, 7 inches in the men’s triple jump, which was good for second place. Nick Phynn finished in fifth (50-4).

Alex Rogers took fifth place in the men’s 3,000 meters, finishing in a personal record 8:11.78.

Bailey, Christopher Irvin, Senoj-Jay Givans and Carlton Anumnu teamed up to take second place in the 1600 meter relay in a time of 3:08.41.

Late Friday, Alan Zapalac won the weight throw at the Cherry & Silver Invitational. Zapalac tossed the weight 64 feet, 1 inch to take the win as teammate Brian Peterson finished sixth.

On the women’s side, Caldwell took fourth place with a personal record of 58-8.

Barrett Poth achieved a personal record in the men’s pole vault, clearing a height of 17-6½ to take second place.

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