Women's Track & Field preview: Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational
Jan. 17, 2013
Meet Preview: Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational
AUSTIN, Texas - No. 14 Texas Women's Track & Field heads to Houston on Friday to compete at the Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational at Yeoman Field House on the campus of the University of Houston.
Competing for UT will be seniors Natasha Masterson, Chalonda Goodman and Alicia Peterson; juniors Shanay Briscoe, A'Lexus Brannon, Danielle Dowie, Briana Nelson and Christy Udoh; sophomores Chamique Francis, Kaitlin Petrillose, Morgan Snow and Jessica Harper; redshirt freshmen Connor Ward, Marissa Pekarek, Marissa Lee and Alaina Perez; and freshmen Melissa Gonzalez, Bernice Bamgbade, Kiersten Duncan, Courtney Okolo, Cody McCrary and Caroline Cartwright.
The Longhorns will be joined at the meet by Prairie View A&M, Houston Baptist, Texas-San Antonio, Sam Houston State, Texas Southern, Rice and University of Houston.
Last time out ... UT turned in a strong season-opening performance at the competitive Crimson Tide Indoor Opener in Birmingham, Ala. Texas took home five individual victories in addition to winning the 4x400-meter relay, with five Longhorns turning in personal-best marks in their respective events: Morgan Snow (60-meter, 60-meter hurdles), Mia Behm (Mile), Danielle Dowie (400-meter, 200-meter), Katie Hoaldridge (800-meter) and Chamique Francis (200-meter).
Dowie earns Big 12 honors ... Danielle Dowie earned her first Big 12 Athlete of the Week honor for competitions Jan. 11-13 after picking up a pair of individual victories in the 200-meter and the 400-meter at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener. Dowie's 400-meter time of 53.95 was not only a career-best, but is also the top time in the nation in the event thus far in 2013. She also ran the second leg and the fastest split for the Longhorns' first-place 4x400-meter relay.
National leaders ... Eight of Texas' early-season marks currently rank among the top-10 nationally in 2013.
TEXAS ENTRIES - UH Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational (All times Central)