Longhorns set records in first day NCAA indoor championships

Leah Vann

The Longhorns concluded day one of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with record-setting performances on the women’s side.

Freshman Teahna Daniels advanced to Saturday’s final with a time of 7.14 seconds in the 60 meters, tying the school record from 1991. The run also set the second-best freshman collegiate performance in history.

Senior Morolake Akinosun will join Daniels in the finals after crossing the finish with a new personal best at 7.19 seconds. Senior Courtney Okolo and junior Chrisann Gordon have also earned their spots in Saturday’s 400 meter final. Okolo set a new facility record time of 52.02 seconds while Gordon clocked in at 52.28 seconds.

On the men’s side, three-time Big 12 Champion senior Zack Bilderback clocked in at 46.48 seconds for the 400 meters, putting himself in third going into the final. Juniors AJ Bailey and Byron Robinson missed the final by hundredths of a second, but will be back for the 4-by-400 meter relay final on Saturday.

Saturday’s competition will feature field athletes Kaitlin Petrillose and Kally Long in pole vault, Ryan Crouser in shot put as well as the qualifiers for the running finals.