Texas men’s, women’s track and field dominate A&M at Dual Meet

Katie Borchetta, Sports Reporter

No. 1 men’s and No. 1 women’s track kept up their record by beating Texas A&M in the rivalrous Texas A&M vs Texas Dual. The teams competed Saturday at E.B Cushing Stadium in College Station. 

Texas outscored A&M in men’s and women’s totals with final scores of 105.5–96.5 and 102–100, respectively.

The meet started out with the women’s shot put where Texas swept the podium. Sophomore Marilyn Nwora placed first with a throw of 17.28 meters, and freshman Chrystal Herpin and sophomore Kiana Lowery followed behind, sealing the top three spots in the category. Both Herpin and Lowery also locked in first and second places for women’s discus with throws of 47.47 meters and 46.98 meters.

Texas also succeeded in the men’s discus, securing the top five places with sophomore Sean Stavinoha, senior Adrian Piperi, sophomore Leo Neugebauer, senior Jalil Brewer and sophomore Patrick Piperi. Adrian Piperi also won the men’s shot put with a throw of 21.53 meters.

Sophomore Stacy Brown Jr. won first for men’s long jump at 7.93 meters and sophomore Jathan Belaire followed close behind with 7.52 meters. Brown Jr. and Belaire also came in first and second in men’s triple jump, with Brown Jr. reaching 14.10 meters and Belaire 13.87 meters.

In the field events, senior Tyra Gittens won the women’s high jump with a height of 1.95 meters, while freshman Jack Garey placed first in men’s javelin. In women’s hammer throw, Lowery placed first again.

Longhorns also excelled in the track events of the meet, starting off with sophomore Kelsie Vicknair placing first in the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:36.73. Junior Valery Tobias added another win for Texas by placing first for the women’s 1500 meter, and sophomore Cruz Gomez won first in the 1500 meter for the men’s category. Sophomore Yaseen Abdalla came in second behind Gomez. 

Texas also swept in the women’s 100 meter category. Sophomore Julien Alfred took first at 11.07 seconds and junior Kynnedy Flannel and sophomore Kevona Davis followed for second and third place.

Sophomore Brooke Jaworski won 400 meter hurdles in 57.26 seconds, a little over a second away from beating the facility record of 56.14 seconds.

There was yet another clean sweep in the men’s 3000 meter with sophomore Haftu Knight coming in first, sophomore Abraham Avila-Martinez second and freshman Isaac Alonzo following in third place.

To close out the meet, junior Jonathan Jones came in first for the men’s 400 meter dash, senior Gabriele Montefalcone finished first in the men’s 400 meter hurdles and both men and women’s 4×100 meter relays beat A&M.

Overall, Texas triumphed over Aggies track and field and intends to keep up the same winning streak as they soon take on the Mt. Sac Relays/Brian Clay Invitational April 13-16 in Azusa, California.