The Texas track and field team took several wins on its way to finishing at the top of the standings at the Longhorn Invitational at Myers Stadium on Saturday.
The men won with 177 points, over 78 points ahead of Michigan, while the women won with 141 points. The women’s team edged Minnesota by seven points.
“I’m extremely pleased,” head coach Mario Sategna said. “It was better than expected. I knew we would see some good things, but I think yesterday and today we saw some things that bode well for use heading into the championship season.”
The men’s competition was highlighted by wins in the discus, high jump, 1,500 meters, 400 relay, 400 meters and 200 meters. They also took second in the triple jump, 110-meter hurdles and the 800 meters.
Aldrich Bailey Jr. completed a sweep of the 200 and 400 , winning both races comfortably. He finished the 400 in 46.19 and the 200 in a wind-aided 19.99.
“Obviously, it was a little windy, but I think what speaks volumes is the caliber of the athlete that was in the field that he did beat,” assistant coach Zach Glavash said. “Everybody was either professional Nike or Adidas, and he lined up against them and he went to war against them.”
Brian Peters threw the discus 185 feet, 4 inches for the win and the third-best throw in the Big 12 this season. It was his second home meet win in a row.
Spencer McCloud won the men’s high jump with a distance of 7-1/4, which tied a personal record.
Charles Mills’ time of 3:56.57 was good enough for first place and maximum points in the 1,500.
Wasome, Bailey, Ca. Anumnu and Brown teamed up to win the 400 relay with a time of 39.64.
Nick Pynn finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 51-11.
Spencer Dunkerley-Offor took second in the 110 hurdles with Steele Wasik taking fourth and John Burt, UT wide receiver, finishing sixth. Dunkerley-Offor clocked a time of 13.49 with Wasik finishing in 13.99 and Burt coming in at 14.13.
Derrell Manhertz took second in the 800 with a time of 1:50.56.
On the women’s side, Elena Bruckner, Destiny Collins and Ariel Jones all came away with victories in their individual events.
Bruckner posted a mark of 54-8 1/4 in the shot put for the win and the No. 4 distance in school history. Lauryn Caldwell took fourth in the event.
Collins finished the 3,000 meters in 10:00.91 for the first win of her collegiate career.
Jones’ time of 57.65 was good enough for the win in the 400 hurdles.
Teahna Daniels added a second place finish for Texas as she ran a 22.99 in the 200 meters. It was a personal best and the No. 3 time in the Big 12 this season.
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