Distance runners highlight second day of Texas Relays for Texas

Louis San Miguel

The second day of Texas Relays action kicked off Thursday and the Longhorns’ distance runners grabbed most of the attention, taking the first five spots in the 10,000-meter run and setting an important mark in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.  

Ryan Dohner won the first ever 10,000-meter race at the Texas Relays and set a Texas Relays record with a time of 29:34.34, followed by fellow Longhorns Craig Lutz (29:39.22), Daniel Vertiz (29:55.62), Rory Tunningley (30:07.35) and Mark Pinales (30:08.09).

Austin Bussing’s time of 8:52.05, which won him second place in the steeplechase, set a new personal record and is currently the third-fastest time in the nation.

The 4×800 relay team, comprised of a trio of seniors — Kyle Merber, Trevor Van Ackeren and Patrick McGregor — and sophomore Kyle Thompson clocked in at 7:29.51, beating out Texas A&M by seconds.

Senior Isaac Murphy was neck and neck with the eventual winner of the decathlon, Duke’s Curtis Beach, but wound up in third at the end of the day. 

The Texas Relays continue bright and early tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. with running and field events.