The Longhorns track and field squad took three wins on the first day of the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. on Friday.
Steffin McCarter won the men’s invitational section of the long jump with the third-best mark of the season. McCarter flew 25 feet, 11 inches to earn the win. It was the third-best long jump in school history and a personal best.
“It was really good to see Steffin McCarter jump so well,” head coach Mario Sategna said. “This is one of the great places to jump, which is the reason we come here.”
McCarter’s teammate, O’Brien Wasome, took eighth in the event with a mark of 24-1 1/2.
On the women’s side, Georgia Wahl posted a long jump mark of 19-9 for a personal best and the win.
Another win came for UT when Alan Zapalac recorded a weight throw of 70-3 1/2. For the women, Lauryn Caldwell took third in the same event, posting a mark of 60-6 1/2. Elena Bruckner took seventh with a mark of 57-41/4.
In sprinting events, Pedrya Seymour had the best day as she took second in the 60-meter hurdles final. Her time of 8.09 seconds was the sixth best in the NCAA this year and the seventh best in UT history. Mariam Abdul-Rashid took eighth in the event in 8.27.
George Patrick posted a couple of personal records on the day. He cleared a height of 15-1 in the pole vault for a tie for 10th place. Nick Meaders tied for fifth in the pole vault with a mark of 16-6 3/4. Patrick also ran 8.07 in the qualifying round of the 60-meter hurdles for a personal record.
Teahna Daniels finished the 60-meter qualifying final in 7.38 for seventh place. Zola Golden finished 15th in the 400 invitational with a time of 54.18.
“It’s tough for Teahna and Zola at this point of the season when you’re a race away from the conference meet and you haven’t been able to compete because you’ve got to get into race rhythm,” associate head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. “I think conference will give them a shot to get some rounds in and get their times down.”
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