Longhorns finish strong in Conference Clash Power Five Invitational

Leah Vann

The Conference Clash Power Five Invitational this weekend was all about the SEC vs. the other “Power Five” conferences, but the Texas men’s track and field team made themselves known. The Longhorns led the “Power Five” team with 25 points and finished second overall to LSU.

The 4×400 relay team finished with one of the top performances for the Longhorns, turning in a school-record 3:06.36 finish. The relay team, comprised of junior Chris Irvin, senior Zack Bilderback, junior Byron Robinson and junior AJ Bailey, finished second on the track, but posted the fourth-best time in the nation this year. The previous school record was 3:06.56, set last year.

Freshman Steffin McCarter made his collegiate debut with a second-place finish in the long jump, ending with 7.59 meters. Senior Ryan Crouser set a CrossPlex facility record with a 19.99-meter throw to win the shot put.

Redshirt freshman Derek Fenton didn’t travel with the rest of the team, instead traveling west to the Cherry and Silver Invitational. He finished 11th in the shot put with a throw of 13.77 meters.

The Longhorns will split up again next weekend, competing in the Howie Ryan Invitational and Razorback Invitational.