Personal bests highlight strong weekend for No. 14 Texas

Sebastian Herrera

Victories and personal bests highlighted the weekend in both Arkansas and Washington for the No. 14 Longhorns.

A win in the 4×400-meter relay closed out the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. as the foursome of Danielle Dowie, Briana Nelson, Kendra Chambers and Courtney Okolo clocked a 3:30.95, the fifth fastest time in school history.

Junior long jumper A’Lexus Brannon also turned heads at the Tyson Invitational by winning the long jump with a mark of 6.23 meters, 0.16 meters ahead of second place Tamara Myers from Arkansas.

In Seattle, Wash. three Longhorns registered new personal bests in their respective events Saturday. 

Redshirt freshman Connor Ward finished 12th in the mile with a time of 4:58.45, the first sub-5:00 mark of her Longhorn career in the event. Junior Brittany Marches and sophomore Jessica Harper also posted new personal records in the collegiate 3,000-meter, with Marches finishing 9:49.94 for 23rd and Ward clocking in at 10:06.80 for 38th. Mara Olson of Butler won the event with a time of 9:29:05.

The Longhorns have two weeks to prepare for the Big 12 Indoor Championships Feb. 22-23.