Longhorns host UCLA, Arkansas for Friday meet

Chris Medina

The No. 17 Longhorns look to rally after placing 10th at the NCAA Indoor Championship with a home tri-meet this weekend against No. 14 Arkansas and No. 24 UCLA.

They want to improve the outside perception of the team after an inconsistent indoor season.

“It was difficult,” said junior Trevante Rhodes. “There were a lot of ups and downs during the indoor season, but it’s a step in the
right direction.”

High expectations can be seen as both a good and bad thing. Although it seemed as though the Longhorns did not perform well, it was the Longhorns’ eighth top-10 finish in the last nine seasons.

Last year, the Longhorns finished seventh in the outdoor championship with current stars Jamal Wilson and Keiron Stewart leading the way.
A strong youth movement played a role in last year’s run to the outdoor championship. Freshmen were helping to pull much of the load for the Longhorns last May. First-years such as Keiron Stewart, Hayden Baillio and Jarard Bruner all did their part to push the Longhorns to a seventh place finish.

Stewart finished third, Baillio finished fourth, and Bruner finished 13th.

“It was more of a rebuilding year,” Rhodes said. “We are moving in a positive direction, and I think with the young guys we have, we
are confident.”


Texas Tri-Meet
Date: Friday
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Mike A. Myers Stadium
(Austin, Texas)