HOUSTON — No. 4 Texas got off to a good start to its season on Friday, competing at the Leonard Hilton Invite.
On the day the Longhorns won four events, including two relays. Individually, Marielle Hall ran a personal best 4:51.96 to win the mile while Shanay Briscoe and Victoria Lucas matched the top height in the high jump at 1.76 meters for 5-09.25 points.
Heading into the season the 400 meters was a particularly strong event for the Longhorns and it showed on Friday as six UT runners finished in the top 10. The top finisher was Stacey-Ann Smith in second (54.80) with Kendra Chambers right behind in third (55.23). Also in the top 10 were Briana Nelson (5th), Alicia Peterson (6th), Danielle Dowie (8th) and Angele Cooper (10th).
The 4×400 meter relay was much the same as the top three spots belonged to the Longhorns with Chirsty Udoh, Smith, Nelson and Peter teaming up for first place with a time of 3:43.98. UT also won the distance medley with Hall, Morgan Snow, Julie Amthor and Katie Hoaldridge combining for a time of 12:31.28.
Texas also fared well in the field events. Including Briscoe and Lucas, the Longhorns had four of the top five finishers in the high jump. Jessica Doyle came in second in the pole vault, clearing 3.55 meters to end with a mark of 11-07.75.
A’Lexus Brannon was tied for second in the long jump with a leap of 6.07 meters for 19-11.00 points. Amanda Van Dyke was second in the shot put with a long throw of 14.91 meters for 48-11.00 points while Okwukwe Okolie threw 13.46 meters for 44-02.00 points.
Other events on the day included the 60m dash and 60m hurdles along with the 200m dash and 800 meter run. Snow finished fifth in the 60m hurdles (8.51) while Peter came in fourth in the 60m dash with a time of 7.45.