Former track and field runner, Philip Wood, dies in hit-and-run crash

Grant Gordon

Philip Wood, a 22-year-old former distance runner on the Texas track and field team, was killed early Sunday morning in a hit-and-run crash.

Originally from Yardley, Penn., Wood served as a member of the Longhorns’ track and field team from 2009 to 2010 and from 2011 to 2012. Wood competed in several meets over his tenure, running predominantly the 5,000 meter and the mile.

A car struck Woods around 2:17 a.m. Sunday while crossing MoPac. The vehicle was not at the scene when police arrived soon after.

Wood came to Texas as a strong distance recruit. He was an AAU National Cross Country Champion at his Pennsylvania high school and placed third at the AAU Junior Olympics. After redshirting for a year, Wood competed in indoor and outdoor track and field, along with cross country, in the 2010-2011 season.