Women's Track and Field preview: Texas Invitational
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Women's Track and Field team open the outdoor season with its first home meet on the schedule, the Texas Invitational. The one-day, unscored meet begins at 11 a.m. Central with the field events while running events start at 1:30 p.m. Central. Admission is free and all events are open to the public.
The field entered in Saturday's meet includes men's and women's teams from Texas A&M, Angelo State, University of Houston, Rice, Sam Houston State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas State.
Texas concluded the 2008 indoor season on a high note, taking fourth-place at the NCAA Indoor Championship. Junior Alexandria Anderson (Chicago, Ill.) brought home three All-American honors with a NCAA runner-up finish in the 60-meter, third-place showing in the 200-meter dash and a fourth-place performance as the leadoff leg of the 4x400-meter relay. Her sprinting teammate, freshman Bianca Knight (Ridgeland, Miss.), captured the NCAA 200-meter national championship and chipped in a third-place finish in the 60-meter dash. She joined Anderson and teammates senior Temeka Kincy (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Katara Rosby (Baton Rouge, La.) on the fourth-place 4x400-meter relay.
Anderson and Kincy lead the outdoor group as the top-returning All-Americans. Anderson has six outdoor All-American honors from her top-eight performances in the 100m, 200m and both relays. Kincy grabbed two of her three career national honors during the 2007 season where she finished seventh in the 800 (after entering the meet with the 80th fastest time in the region) and as a leg of the fifth-place 4x400-meter relay. Adding depth to the sprints is eight-time All-American Chauntae Bayne (Saginaw, Texas) who will wear burnt orange for one final outdoor season.