Lauryn Caldwell broke the Longhorns’ school record in the weight throw, highlighting the Texas track and field team’s performance at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.
Caldwell finished in second place in the event, but her distance of 61 feet-9 3/4 inches was good enough to rewrite the Texas record book. She posted the mark on her first throw and was mobbed by her teammates after breaking the mark set by Jordyn Brown in 2009.
“I couldn’t have another week where I was short,” Caldwell said, referencing her previous performances. “I said I got to get it.”
Her throw was less than a foot shorter than the throw of Arkansas State’s Calea Carr. Elena Bruckner finished fourth with a distance of 58-9 1/2.
John Rice’s victory in the 3,000-meter run was another highlight at the meet. Rice finished the race in 8 minutes, 16.94 seconds, nearly 14 seconds ahead of second place. Charles Mills took third place with a time of 8:32.70. Connor O’Neill made it three Longhorns in the top five with a time of 8:36.93. Garek Bielaczyc and Daniel Golden also finished in the top ten.
Destiny Collins made it a sweep in the 3,000 meters for Texas. She finished in the top spot with a time of 9:59.41. Abby Guidry (10:11.99), Meghan Lloyd (10:19.13) and Olivia Thompson (10:25.67) also finished in the top ten.
Micaiah Harris set a personal record in the men’s 200 meters with a time of 20.83. It was the second-best performance in school history. Teammate Terry Brown Jr. also set a personal record and took eighth place.
On the women’s side of the 200 meters, Zola Golden took eighth place with a personal record time of 23.87.
Barrett Poth took second place in the men’s pole vault as he cleared a height of 17-7 3/4. Teammate Nicholas Meaders finished in fifth after he cleared a height of 16-10.
In the men’s 600 meters, Wes Ward finished third with a time of 1:21.57. Jack McConnell grabbed fourth place with a time of 1:21.82. Trevor Heinz and Andrew Price finished in fifth and sixth.
Georgia Wahl finished seventh in the women’s long jump with a leap of 19-6. On the men’s side, Steffin McCarter had the best collegiate finish with a distance of 24-4 1/2. He finished third overall as teammate Ika Morton came in seventh at 24-1.
In the women’s high jump, Ashtin Zamzow came in ninth after clearing 5-3 1/4.
Non-collegiate throwers dominated the men’s weight throw as UT’s Brian Peterson finished in ninth. He posted a mark of 56-2 1/2.
Megan Rourke, Sydne Fowler and Gabby Crank all recorded top-10 finishes in the women’s 600 meters. Rourke took fourth in 1:31.24 while Fowler finished fifth in 1:32.83. Crank ended up sixth in 1:33.62.
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