Men’s track takes ninth at NCAA Outdoor Championships, women finish in 11th place


The Associated Press

Texas’ Isaac Murphy looks to clear a hurdle during 110-meter hurdles in the decathlon at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Louis San Miguel

The Longhorns’ spring track and field season came to an end this weekend at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The men’s team started strongly, but finished tied for ninth place with 22 points on the weekend while the women’s team finished in 11th place with 20 points.

Junior Marquise Goodwin, also one of the Longhorns’ football stars, set the pace for men’s team, winning his second national championship in the long jump on the first day of competition. Goodwin dominated the long jump leader board, posting the top four jumps of the day and ending with a lengthy 8.23m (27-0) jump on his final attempt.

“It feels great,” Goodwin said. “It was a great day to compete out here. There were a lot of great competitors out here jumping that beat me before, but I just felt it today and went out there and got it done.”

On the women’s side, sophomore Shanay Briscoe also came close to a national championship after leaping a career-best 1.90m (6-2.75) in the high jump. The mark was enough to capture second place, an improvement on her third-place finish in 2011.

“Shanay is really evolving into an amazing competitor,” women’s head coach Beverly Kearney said. “She is still learning how good she is. She has learned to be a fighter and a competitor this year, which will help her next year.”

The youth on Texas’ roster contributed to the strong start by the men with All-American performances by underclassmen. Sophomore Ryan Dohner finished seventh in the 10,000m run, while freshman Ryan Crouser finished fourth in the discus throw.

A pair of sophomores, Danielle Dowie and Christy Udoh, also performed well for the women’s team, taking matching sixth place finishes in the 400m hurdles and 200m dash, respectively. Dowie, along with Angele Cooper, Briana Nelson and Kendra Chambers, also earned a fifth place finish in the 4x400m relay despite some handoff confusion during the event.

Additional All-American finishes included junior Isaac Murphy in the decathlon and senior Jacob Thormaehlen in the shot put, who both took seventh place in their events. Junior Keiron Stewart also placed eighth in the 110m hurdles.

“It’s good to be an All-American again,” Thormaehlen said. “As Texas, we’re a Division I institution and we’re top of the line athletics, so it’s expected of us. We did what we expected. It’s a good thing to be an All-American, but it sucks not to win.”