Women compete in Day 2 of NCAA National Track and Field Championships

Leah Vann

It was the Longhorn women’s turn to hit the track at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon on Thursday. Texas ended day two in a position to capture the team title on Saturday.

Senior Morolake Akinosun continued to dominate the sprints. Akinosun crossed the line at 11.23 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 22.92 seconds in the 200-meter dash to qualify for Saturday’s final.

Two Longhorns, junior Chrisann Gordon and senior Courtney Okolo, qualified for Saturday’s final in the 400-meter dash. Okolo currently holds the top qualifying spot with a time of 50.48 seconds, while Gordon crossed the line at 51.82 seconds.

“It was a great day. I was proud of the athletes dealing with the elements, off and on cold rain,” head coach Mario Sategna said in a statement. “Seeing our veterans with Morolake advancing in the 100 and 200, Courtney and Chrisann both in the 400 is great and a key for us this week.”

Freshman Ashley Miller took 21st overall in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.38 seconds, while sophomore Ariel Jones finished 19th overall in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.92 seconds.

On the field, sophomore pole vaulter Kally Long finished No. 7 with a vault of 4.20 meters.

While the women failed to qualify for finals in the 4×100-meter relay, they came back for revenge in the 4×400-meter in the final event of the day. The team of Gordon, Jones, Okolo and freshman Zola Golden finished first in their heat with a time of 3:28.37 to advance to Saturday’s final.