Cooper, Dowie shine for Texas in day two

Julie Thompson

For the second day in a row, the Longhorn women were led by individual performances at the Texas Relays on Thursday. Texas was led by junior Angele Cooper and freshman Danielle Dowie in the 400-meter hurdles.

Cooper finished in second place with 57.03 seconds, Dowie in third with 57.45 seconds. Both of their times qualified them for the event final.

In all, 55 women participated in the preliminary 400-meter hurdles.

Three other Longhorns competed and all three earned personal bests. Natasha Masterson also participated in the 400-meter hurdles and walked away with a personal best time of 1:02.43.

Sophomore Akua Sencherey and junior Okwukwe Okolie competed in the hammer throw and took 15th and 16th, respectively. Sencherey threw a personal-best 46.58 meters and Okolie 45.5 meters.

The hammer throw was won by UTEP’s Terran Alexander with 60.88 meters.

“Because I’m from Texas, this is what you work for basically, besides conference and nationals,” she said. “This meet is known for greatness, and I feel like I fit in the category now.”

Chelsea Carrier from West Virginia posted the leading collegiate and American mark of the 2011 Outdoor season in the Women’s Heptathlon. Carrier earned a 6.22 meter mark in the Long Jump Women’s Heptathlon event at her first Texas Relays.

“It feels really good. It’s my first year competing here,” Carrier said. “I’m very happy. I set PRs in a lot of events this weekend.”

In the first relay event of the week, a team from Louisiana State University took first in the 4-by-800-meter relay. The LSU team finished in 8:39.19, followed by Texas Tech and Texas A&M.

Friday marks the third day of the relays and one of the most exciting — between high school and university, more then 100 events will take place. High school students will start competing at 1:30 p.m.

For the University of Texas women, the action will start with the 4-by-100-meter relay at 9:30 a.m.