No. 14 Women's Track & Field sets sights high with focus, positivity
Jan. 17, 2013
Mallory Majcher, Texas Media Relations
AUSTIN, Texas – Last Saturday, the No. 14 Women’s Track & Field team started its season in Birmingham, Ala., at the competitive Crimson Tide Indoor Opener in strong fashion. The Longhorns took home five individual victories and a relay win in the 60-meter hurdles, Mile, 200-meter, 400-meter, 3,000-meter and 4x400-meter relay events.
In recent past, the team has started its season at regional meets in Houston, including the UH Leonard Hilton Memorial where the Longhorns will compete this weekend.
Junior high jumper Shanay Briscoe says the season openers in Houston have a preparatory feel, but starting the 2013 season off at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener gave the team “a chance to go into the season fully ready--mentally and physically.”
The team’s success in Alabama has given the Longhorns a boost of confidence early in the season that they feel will reward them going forward.
“We are definitely more confident starting this season off,” said Briscoe. “I think that came with the success at such a competitive meet.”
Junior distance runner Marielle Hall described the season opener as an opportunity for the team to develop their goals against strong competition that the team will likely meet again at the NCAA Championships.
“All in all, we just want to set strong, realistic goals, put in the work and effort and come out at the end of the season with those goals accomplished,” said Hall.
There are two words that flow continuously though the fieldhouse for this ambitious Texas team—focus and positivity. These two words have made senior sprinter Chalonda Goodman extremely proud of the team as a whole.
“I have to say right now I am the most happy I have been with our team mentality,” said Goodman. “Everyone seems to be in harmony while remaining focused and positive. I am so proud of that.”
Moving forward, Texas plans to continue to work hard to meet and exceed their season goals and expectations.
“We came in to this season building off of last year,” said junior sprinter Danielle Dowie. “There is a different vibe this season. We have more confidence and I think that is going to take us far.”
There have been many changes this season for the Longhorns, including the location of their season opener, but one thing remains the same—the team’s ultimate goals of winning at the conference and national level.
“We know these goals require a lot of hard work and we still have to continue to step it up,” said Goodman. “Ultimately, we want to be champions.”