Women’s Track & Field: No. 5 Longhorns Race for a National Title

Daniel Clay

This weekend the No. 5 Longhorn women’s track and field team heads to a familiar venue in Albuquerque, N.M. to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships. The women will send eight entries in six events.

Texas carries a top seed in two events with 400-meter sprinter Ashley Spencer and the 4×400 meter relay team of Spencer, Briana Nelson, Kendall Baisden, and Courtney Okolo holding the nation’s fastest times in their respective events.

Okolo and Baisden, seeded No. 2 and No. 11 respectively in the 400-meters, will also compete alongside Spencer for an individual title.

Sophomore Kaitlin Petrillose, seeded second in the pole vault, has had a fantastic indoor season and is another strong candidate to capture an individual title for herself.

The Longhorns are not currently favored to take home the national championship, but in a high-pressure meet with the best competition in the nation, athletes perform differently.

“It brings out the very best in our athletes” head coach Mario Sategna said.

Strong performances by the Longhorns very well could beat the odds and bring a national championship to Austin.