Texas freshman Elena Bruckner warms up before competing in the discus throw at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Saturday April 1, 2017. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Longhorns track and field teams finish first and second at Texas Invitational

Posted April 15th, 2017

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The Texas men won the Texas Invitational as the women came up just ten points shy of matching the feat, finishing in second place to Kansas State.

The men scored 131 points to finish ahead of Auburn by 42 points. The Longhorns had 12 finishes in the top-5 of Saturday’s competition.

“There were so many great performances,” said UT head coach Mario Sategna. “I think coming off Texas Relays we had a much needed week off. You’re wanting to see some people step up and we definitely saw that today.”

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Brian Peterson won the men’s discus event with a personal best throw of 185 feet, 1 inch. It was the third best throw in the Big 12 and the NCAA West region this season. Alan Zapalac took third in the event with a personal best mark of 173-4.

Spencer McCloud finished the men’s high jump with a mark of 6-9 1/2 to tie for fifth.

Barrett Poth took second place in the pole vault with a mark of 17-9, third best in the Big 12 this season.

Charles Mills finished the men’s 1,500 meters in 3 minutes, 50.83 seconds to take fourth place and five team points.

Darrell Manhertz finished the 800 meters in 1:50.44 which was good enough for third place.

Aldrich Bailey Jr. finished the 400 meters in 46.06 to take second place in addition to finishing in second in the 200 meters. He ran that race in 20.40.

Kirema Macharia also took a second-place finish in the 400 hurdles.

Allen Sumrall finished the 3,000 meters in 8:29.55 for second place as well.

The men capped the night with a third-place finish in the 1600 relay, finishing in 3:11.70.

On the women’s side, Olivia Thompson and Zola Golden highlighted the competition with first-place finishes.

Elena Bruckner, Rushelle Burton, Teahna Daniels, Ariel Jones and the relay teams all took second place in their events.

Thompson topped the field in the 3,000 meters in 10:08.96 while Golden finished the 400 meters in 52.28.

Bruckner’s mark of 178-11 in the discus held up for second place. She also took second in the shot put with a mark of 54-1 1/4. She lost to former Longhorn Michelle Carter who took the gold at the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics. Carter, represented by Nike, finished with a mark of 60-10.

Burton took second place in the 100 hurdles with a time of 12.65. It’s the top time in the NCAA this season, though slightly wind aided. She was defeated by Adidas-sponsored and current world record holder Kendra Harrison.

Daniels ran an 11.25 in the 100 meters, trailing Jonielle Smith of Auburn who finished in 11.08.

Jones posted the best time in the Big 12 this season when she ran the 400 hurdles in 56.68.

The women finished in second in the 1600 relay and the 400 relay.

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