Longhorn Track and Field Women Repeat Impressive Appearance in Second Season Meet

Kristin Otto

Coming off a four-win season opener at the Leonard Hilton Invite in Houston, the Longhorns traveled to Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday to compete in the Auburn Indoor Invitational.

Although the Longhorns faced athletes from top-ranked teams including No. 5 Clemson, No. 6 Central Florida and No. 9 Florida State, the fierce competition had no apparent effects on their performance.

Six UT runners placing in the top 10 in the 400-meter race at the Leonard Hilton Invite. This event proved to be the team’s best race. Stacey-Ann Smith — who placed second in Houston with a time of 54.80 — took first on Saturday, running a 54.32. Briana Nelson claimed third, Kendra Chambers came in fourth and Alicia Peterson finished eighth.

The top 400-meter runners — Smith, Nelson, Chambers and Peterson — teamed up in the 4×400-meter relay, placing second; UT claimed third place in the event as well.

A strong showing in the 200-meter dash was a new development for the Longhorns. Allison Peter, coming in third with a time of 23.64, was followed by Christy Udoh who placed eighth, and Chalonda Goodman who came in 10th place.

Marielle Hall and Sara Sutherland finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 3000-meter run. While Hall came in first place in the mile race in Houston, it was Julie Amthor who stepped up for the Longhorns this weekend, placing fourth with a mile time of 4:49.44.

The UT women also made a strong showing in the field events. Both Shanay Briscoe and Victoria Lucas soared 1.77m in the high jump, landing them in third and fourth; Beverly Owoyele and Peterson tied for eighth place in the event. Additionally, A’Lexus Brannon took fourth place in the long jump and Amanda Van Dyke finished fourth in the shot put.

The Longhorn runners will return to Houston this upcoming weekend to compete over a span of two days in the Houston Invitational.