Women's Track and Field preview: 80th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
AUSTIN, Texas -- The biggest home track and field meet of the year begins on Wednesday, April 7, as the 80th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays comes to Mike A. Myers Stadium. The four-day meet, hosted by the Texas men's and women's track and field team, ends on Saturday, April 7. The races feature the top professional, college and high school athletes in the United States and draw nearly 40,000 spectators to the capital city of the Lone Star State.
The men's decathlon and the women's heptathlon take place from Wednesday to Thursday while the bulk of the running and field events begin on Friday morning. The evening sessions for the first two days feature 11 races. Three field events are scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
Tickets to the Texas Relays can be obtained at the Mike A. Myers Stadium Box Office during the event or can be purchased in advance at TexasBoxOffice.com or by calling the UT Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 982-2386 or (512) 471-3333. Wednesday and Thursday are free to the public. For Friday and Saturday, general admission is $10 and reserved seating is $15 each day. All-session passes are $30 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission.
The Texas Relays is deemed as the official start of the outdoor season by head women's track and field/cross country coach Bev Kearney, although UT has competed in three meets. In the opening portion of the schedule, the Longhorns have accumulated nine individual qualifiers and have qualified both the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter.
At the 2006 Texas Relays, UT won Most Outstanding Team in the university division. Then-junior Marshevet Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) won the 100-meter dash, Melaine Walker (Kingston, Jamaica) was the top 400-meter hurdler, and newcomer Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) won her third consecutive high jump title (two in high school; one in college). The 4x100-meter relay nearly broke the Texas school record in winning the event championship, and the 4x800-meter relay captured the event victory by almost two seconds.