12 top-five finishes and nine personal-best marks highlight woman’s day at Texas Invitational

Sebastian Herrera

The home turf advantage in Saturday’s Texas Invitational served the Longhorns well as they were able to pick up four victories along with 12 top-five finishes and nine personal-best marks.

Of those personal-bests came freshman Courtney Okolo’s performance in the 400 meter event. Okolo’s time of 52.52 seconds not only earned her the victory but also set the fourth-fastest time in the nation for the event.

“I felt good and it is a big improvement from last week,” Okolo said. “Winning gives me a confident boost, but there is still a lot left in the season.”

Junior Christy Udoh did not run her signature event, the 200 meter dash, yet still walked away with a victory in the 100 meter, outrunning the rest of the field by .4 seconds and clocking an 11.63.

The same winning efforts came from senior Mia Behm in the 1,500 meter run, who finished in 4:27.45, and senior Kendra Chambers in the 800 meter, who clocked a 2:06.73. Chambers was the leader of a 1-2-3 finish for the Longhorns in the event, with fellow teammates Katie Hoaldridge (2:06.81) and Sara Sutherland (2:10.67) finishing close behind.

The meet culminated with Sophomore Megan Siebert’s personal-best effort in the 3,000m. The long distance runner snatched a fourth-place finish in the event and crossed the line at 10:06.36.