Texas track and field keeps rolling at MLK Invitational

JT Bowen, General Sports Reporter

Texas track and field successfully wrapped up its second meet of the year on Saturday at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Longhorns cruised in the 60m and 200m dash, with the men’s and women’s teams placing first in both categories. On the men’s side, senior Marcellus Moore continued his torrid start to the season, breaking his 200m best with a time of 20.64 and taking home gold for his second straight meet in the 60m.

Julien Alfred starred once again for the women’s team, as the graduate student broke her record for the 60m with a time of 7.02 in the finals — a new best in women’s indoor collegiate history. She also finished second in the 200m, behind fellow Longhorn Rhasidat Adeleke.

The junior etched herself into Texas’s history books as well with a time of 22.52 to win the 200m gold, making her the No. 3 performer in Longhorn history. Adeleke added a second-place finish in the 60m.

Graduate student Kennedy Simon placed first in the women’s 600m with a blistering 1:26.69 — nearly a full second ahead of the second-place finisher — and the men’s team placed second and third between graduate student Jonathan Jones and junior Yusuf Bizimana, respectively. 

Junior Emelia Chatfield nabbed second in the women’s 300m, and sophomore Solomon Washington placed third in the respective men’s category, rounding out an impressive effort from the Longhorns in the sprints.

Texas finished with a top-3 placement in over half of the 24 events that featured a Longhorn in the finals.

That included senior Patrick Piperi’s victory in the men’s shot put, senior Kaeli Thompson’s tie for first in women’s pole vault and junior Stacy Brown Jr.’s second-place finish in the men’s triple jump by just a quarter of an inch.

Sophomore Sam Hurley placed first in the men’s high jump with a 2.05m best, and junior Trinity Tomlinson placed third in the women’s category.

Texas head coach Edrick Floréal’s team has looked terrific through two meets, and he will look to continue his teams’ hot start with two competitions next week: the Texas Tech Open & Multis in Lubbock from Jan. 26-28 and the distance competition at the Boston Terrier Classic at Boston University from Jan. 27-28.