Texas opened up the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a bang Wednesday, as junior Ryan Crouser successfully defended his shot-put title.
With a toss of 69 feet, 3 ½ inches, Crouser won his third straight national championship.
Also competing in the men’s Track & Field Championships for the Longhorns are sophomores Johannes Hock and Reese Watson.
Hock is close to winning another decathlon title after posting a personal-best 4,243 points on day one after competing in five events. Watson tied for seventh in the pole vault event.
For the Texas women, three of the four 400-meter qualifiers advanced to the finals – freshman Kendall Baisden, senior Briana Nelson, and sophomore Courtney Okolo.
In the 100-meter race, sophomore Morolake Akinosun advanced to the finals after posting a career best time of 11.04.
The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship continues Thursday.