Track and field finishes strong weekend in Nebraska

Leah Vann

After taking last weekend off, the Longhorns’ track and field teams finished the weekend strong with four wins and eight runner-up finishes at the Husker Invitational.

Texas women dominated the meet with three first-place and two runner-up finishes. Senior Courtney Okolo finished with the highlight of the meet, clocking in a world-leading time of 51.16 seconds in the 400 meters. Okolo edged out former teammate and Nike athlete Ashley Spencer by four-tenths of a second.

The Longhorns also saw dominance in the 200 meters with freshman Teahna Daniels taking the gold with a time of 23.98 seconds. In the 200 meter special invite, senior Morolake Akinosun took second place with a time of 23.50 seconds, just behind Ashley Spencer. Senior Melissa Gonzalez grabbed the women’s third gold with a personal best 1:33.78 in the 600 meters.

The relay team of freshmen Raquel Tjernagel and Zola Golden and sophomores Caitland Smith and Ariel Jones concluded the meet with a runner-up finish in the 4×400 meter relay, second to Kansas State’s team of four All-Americans.

The men saw victories both on the field and on the track. Senior Reese Watson finished second in pole vault, behind Kansas’ Casey Bowen, with a personal best of 5.33 meters. On the track, junior Byron Robinson continued the 400 meter dominance with a first-place time of 46.74 seconds. Junior Senoj Givans clocked in 6.68 seconds to take silver in the 60 meters.

Junior AJ Bailey placed third with a time of 21.20 seconds in the 200 meter special invite. The men also finished the meet with a second-place finish in the 4×400 meter special invite with the team of juniors AJ Bailey, Robert Uhr, Christopher Irvin and Derrell Manhertz.

Both teams will be back in action this weekend.