Women’s track and field look to take home Big 12 indoor championship

Daniel Clay

After a well-earned bye week, the No. 5 Longhorns begin their first postseason as a combined program with the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Ames, Iowa.

At this point in the season, individual times take a back seat to the ultimate goal of beating the competitor in the next lane.

“I feel heading into the conference meet that we are right where we need to be,” first-year head coach Mario Sategna said. “We’re going in there not worrying about time, distances, performances. It’s about beating people head-to-head.”

Texas faces tough competition, including No. 12 Texas Tech and host No. 20 Iowa State. But with the top 4×400 meter relay team in the nation and junior pole vaulter Kaitlin Petrillose — who looks to claim her third-straight conference title — the Longhorns possess the tools necessary to outperform their competitors and bring home a conference championship.