Texas sprinter A.J. Bailey, after sitting out 2015 because of NCAA transfer rules, is back on track with his college career. (UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS ATHLETICS PHOTO)

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Texas men take ninth, women finish tied in 25th at NCAA Indoor Championships

Posted March 11th, 2017

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A third-place finish by freshman O’Brien Wasome in the men’s triple jump highlighted the final day of the NCAA Indoor Championships for the Texas Longhorns in College Station.

The men’s track and field team finished ninth overall with 21 points while the women finished tied for 25th with nine points.

Wasome recorded the fourth-best mark in school history when he posted a distance of 54 feet, 1¼ inches. He earned six points with the third-place finish. He set a personal record on his second jump of the day.

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“It means a lot knowing that I’m a freshman and I’m going up against some really good athletes,” Wasome said. “My first indoor PR is pretty good. Looking to outdoor, I’m just looking to go further and be the last jumper.”

Wasome’s third-place finish came a day after Steffin McCarter took the bronze in the men’s long jump.

“It definitely bodes well not just for the future but for the outdoor season,” head coach Mario Sategna said about the pair of jumpers.

Senoj-Jay Givans earned five points in the men’s 60-meter final as he finished in 6.59 seconds for fourth place.

Wolf Mahler scored 5,791 points in the heptathlon to earn seventh place and two team points for Texas. Steele Wasik finished in 16th place with 3,107 points in the event.

The 1600 men’s relay team took seventh place with a time of 3 minutes, 5.88 seconds. The team of Byron Robinson, Givans, Chris Irvin and Aldrich Bailey Jr. earned the team two points and finished with the fifth-best performance in school history. It was the third year in a row the team finished in the top-8.

On the women’s side, Rushelle Burton finished in fifth place in the 60-meter hurdles to earn four points for Texas. Her time of 8.02 was the third-best performance in Texas history and a personal record.

Chrisann Gordon and Zola Golden both scored team points in the women’s 400 final. Gordon finished in sixth with a time of 52.81 while Golden finished in 52.90.

Kally Long returned to action in the pole vault event, but her height of 13-9¼ was only good enough for 11th. Shay Petty cleared the same height for 10th place.

Texas A&M won the men’s title with 46 points, a half of a point more than Florida. Oregon scored 84 points, breaking the old record of 71 points by Texas in 1988, to dominate the women’s side on its way to the championship.

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