Women's Track & Field wraps up Aztec Invitational with 12 top-five finishes
March 16, 2013
SAN DIEGO – The Texas Women’s Track & Field team capped off the first weekend of its outdoor season in the sprints, relays and field events on Saturday at the Aztec Invitational. The Longhorns posted 12 top-five finishes on the day, including a win in the 4x100-meter relay.
"We had a great weekend to kick off the outdoor season," interim head coach Rose Brimmer said. "We mixed things up and gave a lot of the girls an opportunity to get their feet wet in events they don't normally run. It was an awesome experience, especially for the freshmen who were getting their first collegiate racing experience in."
Ten sophomore, junior and senior Longhorns were competing in their events for the first time in their collegiate careers during an outdoor season this weekend. They included Shanay Briscoe (100-meter hurdles, long jump), Kendra Chambers (200 meters, 1,500 meters), Danielle Dowie (100 meters), Chamique Francis (100 meters, 400-meter hurdles), Marielle Hall (400 meters), Jessica Harper (800 meters), Katie Hoaldridge (400 meters), Natasha Masterson (javelin), Morgan Snow (100 meters) and Connor Ward (3,000 meters).
In addition, five freshmen raced in their first meet in a Texas uniform, including Claire Andrews, Katie Burford, Kendall Howen, Cody McCrary, Meghan Shea.
UT started the day racing three teams in the 4x100m relay, and the Longhorn squad of Snow, Christy Udoh, Dowie and Chalonda Goodman won the event in a time of 44.54. They were followed by Alicia Peterson, Briana Nelson, Francis and Courtney Okolo in third place (46.21). The team of A’Lexus Brannon, Kiersten Duncan, Melissa Gonzalez and Bernice Bamgbade placed fifth in 46.59.
The Longhorns’ 4x400-meter relay, composed of Peterson, Francis, Duncan and Gonzalez, earned third in 3:44.26.
Texas had three entries in the 100-meter hurdles, led by Snow, who clocked 13.58 for second place. Brannon posted fifth with a time of 14.28 and Briscoe crossed 12th (15.03).
Also recording a second-place finish was Gonzalez in the 400-meter hurdles. Gonzalez ran a 1:00.16 to lead the group of four Longhorns competing in the event, also including Francis, McCrary and Caroline Cartwright.
In the 100 meters, UT placed four in the top 10 out of a field of 37, led by Dowie and Okolo in third (12.17) and fourth (12.18), respectively. Duncan and Nelson notched back-to-back finishes in seventh and eighth, both posting times of 12.25.
Dowie and Okolo were also third and fourth in the 200 meters, with wind-assisted marks of 23.78 and 23.82. Duncan recorded her second top-10 finish of the day, crossing sixth in 23.96. Chambers tallied 10th (24.30) and Peterson was 15th (24.58).
In the field events, Kaitlin Petrillose led Texas, placing third in pole vault with a clearance of 13-2.5 (4.03m), a mark that lands her third on UT’s all-time outdoor list. Masterson threw a mark of 115-9 (35.28m) in her first collegiate javelin event and took 20th.
A trio of Longhorns raced in the 400 meters in Goodman, Hoaldridge and Hall. Hoaldridge and Goodman placed 14th (56.31) and 15th (56.49), respectively, and Hall clocked 1:00.14 for 37th.
The distance duo of senior Mia Behm and Harper ran the 800 meters after having competed in the 5,000 meters and 3,000 meters, respectively, on Friday night. Behm came in 15th with a time of 2:15.16 and Harper was 22nd in 2:19.20.
TEXAS RESULTS – AZTEC INVITATIONAL