Women's Track and Field preview: Penn Relays
AUSTIN, Texas -- No. 1 Texas heads to the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field this weekend to take part in the 112th Penn Relays.UT is set to compete Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29 in a meet loaded with top high school, collegiate and professional track and field athletes.
Thursday's action begins at 9 a.m. CDT and features heats of the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays, as well as the high jump, long jump and shot put - all of which are areas of proficiency for the Longhorns.
Texas' 4x100-meter relay team of senior LaTashia Kerr (Houston, Texas), freshman Alex Anderson (Chicago, Ill.), senior Melaine Walker (Kingston, Jamaica) and junior Marshevet Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) enters the Penn Relays with the nation's top time at 42.84.UT took first in the event's college division at the 2005 Penn Relays.
Texas' 4x400-meter relay quartet of senior Sheretta Jones (Houston, Texas), Anderson, Kerr and Walker ranks eighth nationally at 3:32.57.UT took third in the event a season ago in Philadelphia.
Freshman Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) is set to compete in the high jump after winning the event at each indoor and outdoor regular-season meet of her career. She owns the nation's No. 2 mark at 6-1.5.Marshevet Hooker holds the nation's top mark in the long jump at 21-4.25.Junior Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas), who took second in the shot put last year at the Penn Relays, owns the nation's No. 3 mark heading into Thursday's event.
Texas has captured 28 individual and relay titles at the Penn Relays since 1985.In addition to the 4x100-meter relay crown, Marshevet Hooker added the 100 meters to Texas' victory haul at the 2005 Penn Relays.