Texas opens up weekend with some top finishes at Florida Relays
April 6, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Texas Women’s Track & Field team ended the first day of the Florida Relays with two second place finishes on the day.
Chalonda Goodman showed she is one of the top runners nationally in the 200m dash. She improved her time again this meet, running under 23.00 for the first time in 2012. Her time of 22.85 was good for second place and was just 5/100 off the winner’s time. Running the 200m for the first time during the outdoor campaign was Chirsty Udoh who claimed fifth overall with a time of 23.16.
The high jump was also a good event for the Longhorns as two of the top three spots went to Texas athletes. Victoria Lucas matched her top height of the season with a 5-11.25 (1.81m) height for second place. Shanay Briscoe finished right behind her, clearing 5-10.00 (1.78m) for third. Also jumping for UT were Beverly Owoyele and Alicia Peterson. Owoyele tied for 11th with a height of 5-7 (1.70m) while Peterson tied for 17th with a height of 5-5 (1.65m).
Sophomore Danielle Dowie continued her success in the 400m hurdles as she posted a time of 57.40 for fourth overall in the event. It was her second fastest time of the year thus far.
For the throwers, senior Okwukwe Okolie took part in the invitational group of the discus and recorded a top throw of 167-9 (51.14m) for fifth place. Sophomore Akua Sencherey claimed 10th in the other discus division with her top throw coming on the first attempt with a mark of 142-01 (43.31m).
Briana Nelson led a group of four UT runners in the 400m dash. Nelson placed sixth in the race with a time of 52.49. It was her first time running the race this outdoor season and was nearly three seconds faster than the top time for Texas so far. Also competing in the event were Kendra Chambers with a 54.34 for 23rd, Stacey-Ann Smith with a 54.67 for 30th and Peterson with a 55.32 for 36th.
In a talented field that included professionals, freshman Morgan Snow captured 10th place in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.80.
The Florida Relays will wrap up on Saturday. The first women’s event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. with the hammer throw. The first running event will take place at 12 noon with the sprint medley relay.