After nearly failing to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, Steffin McCarter ended up with a third-place finish in the men’s long jump Friday night in College Station.
McCarter took the final qualifying spot in the event and made the most of his chance, posting a mark of 25 feet, 8 ¼ inches. His final jump proved to be a personal best as he improved from sixth place to third on the effort.
“I had to keep reminding myself that I was here for a reason. I was so close to not making it,” McCarter said. “It’s way past my expectations. I was just trying to make All-American, and this is that and then some. I feel so grateful.”
McCarter opened the event with a personal best jump and topped it with his final jump.
“For a guy that was the 16th qualifier, the last spot coming in, the goal was taking advantage of those first three jumps and getting to the final,” head coach Mario Sategna said. “Being third bodes well for outdoor season and his future.”
In other action, Senoj-Jay Givans finished the 60 meters in 6.63 seconds, good for the last qualifying spot. He’ll compete in the final on Saturday.
Teahna Daniels finished tenth with a time of 7.27 in the women’s 60-meter preliminaries, failing to defend her title. She was the first freshman to ever win the event last year.
Chrisann Gordon and Zola Golden each advanced to the final in the women’s 400 meters. Gordon finished the prelim in 52.37 while Golden clocked a time of 52.67.
Rushelle Burton qualified for the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.04. That was good enough for second place in her heat and an automatic spot in the final.
Spencer Dunkerley-Offor missed out on the men’s 60-meter final with a time of 7.80 to finish ninth overall.
Wolf Mahler and Steele Wasik have some catching up to do in the heptathlon as they sit in 15th and 13th overall through four events. Mahler has 3,078 points while Wasik has 3,107.
Oregon leads in the men’s standings with 17 points while Texas is tied for 12th with six points. Georgia’s 41 points in the women’s standings leads all schools with Texas in 12th with no points so far.
Texas will have scoring opportunities on Saturday with O’Brien Wasome set to compete in the men’s triple jump and a pair of women ready for the pole vault. Kally Long and Shay Petty will compete in the event. Long is set to return after missing the Big 12 Indoor Championships due to injury.
The indoor season closes with Saturday’s final events.
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