Longhorns claim a few top-three spots at Florida Relays with strong showings

Sebastian Herrera

The No. 6 Longhorns were able to string together a few top-three finishes this past Friday and Saturday at the 69th annual Florida Relays.

After dominating the 400-meter hurdles event the previous week, junior Danielle Dowie slowed down a bit in Friday’s race. Dowie clocked a 56.95 in the event and crossed the line in third place.

The highlight of the meet came through sophomore Kaitlin Petrillose’s performance in the pole vault. Petrillose was able to clear 4.10 meters and finish tied for second with South Carolina’s Petra Olsen. Both women fell just short of winner Lacy Janson, who cleared 4.30 and 4.50 meters. 

On Saturday, the women’s 4X400-meter relay team pulled off yet another memorable showcase. The squad recorded the 10th fastest time in school history for the event as they finished with a time of 3:27.97, only .54 seconds behind second-place Florida. For Texas, it was a bitter defeat considering Florida is also the only team with a better collegiate time overall in the event this season. 

Although the meet was not scored, it gave the women’s team good practice heading into this weekend, when the Longhorns will host the Texas Invitational on Saturday.