• Track and field shines at trio of meets

    Despite being thousands of miles apart, the Longhorns collectively thrived at three separate meets this weekend.

    Dealing with cold weather and crosswinds in Waco, Texas’ throwers and jumpers still found success at the Michael Johnson Invitational.

    Redshirt juniors Haley Crouser and Alan Zapalac turned heads in their respective events. Crouser earned a victory in the javelin throw, hurling for 50.65 meters (165-3) — 13 feet farther than the second-place finisher. Zapalac set a new season best in the hammer throw, tossing for 61.05 meters (200-3). The mark ranks seventh in the Big 12 this year.

    The Longhorns also gained a handful of victories at the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge.

    Senior Chrisann Gordon dominated the women’s 400 meters with a time of 50.64 seconds, running for a new personal best and the No. 1 time in the NCAA this season

    “Chrisann did exactly what I thought she could do and what we’ve been working on,” associate head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said.

    Moving up to No. 2 in the country, senior Byron Robinson ran his fastest time of the season in the 400 meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 49.55 seconds. He also contributed to a Texas victory in the men’s 4x100 meter relay.

    “Seeing his race today gives us a really good perspective on what we need to be working on in the weeks to come,” Buford-Bailey said.

    At the Cardinal Classic in California, sophomore Meghan Lloyd became the fastest Longhorn in school history in the steeplechase. Her time of 10:20.37 beats the previous school record by more than six seconds and ranks as the top time in the Big 12 this season. 

    Sophomore Alex Rogers earned the No. 4 time in the nation in the 1,500 meters, finishing with a time of 3:40.85, which ranks as the third-best time in school history.

    “Lloyd’s been looking really good,” assistant coach Brad Herbster said. “We got a great performance out of Alex Rogers. That moves him into the spotlight in that event.”

    Texas returns home this week to host the Longhorn Invitational, the team’s last meet before the Big 12 Championships on May 12–14.

  • Lang signs training camp contract with Dallas Wings

    Former Texas center Kelsey Lang has signed a training camp contract with the Dallas Wings, the WNBA team announced Monday.

    “We look forward to ... Kelsey joining a highly competitive training camp,” Wings president and CEO Greg Bibb said in a press release. “We are excited to open camp on April 23 with a deep and talented roster.”

    The 6-foot-5-inch center recently finished her four-year career as a Longhorn, becoming the 41st player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. Lang finished her career with 190 blocks, ranking sixth on Texas’ all-time leading blocks list.

    “We are so proud for Kelsey that she will have an opportunity at a WNBA training camp, in particular in her home state of Texas,” Texas head coach Karen Aston said. “The Dallas Wings will find that Kelsey is one who will catch on quick, pay attention to detail and will bring her lunch pail every day. Kelsey has worked hard to be blessed with this opportunity, and I know she will make the most of it.”

  • Mens tennis falls to Baylor 4-1

    Fans flooded Caswell Tennis Center Wednesday. Another handful of burnt orange faithful watched from outside the fenced area, hoping to see their Longhorns take down No. 4 Baylor. 

    But the Bears proved to be a handful, overpowering Texas for a 4-1 win.

    The Longhorns’ season-long struggles in doubles play continued as Baylor won the first two matches 6-3, 6-2.

    “We had a terrible start in doubles,” head coach Michael Center said. “That set the tone and really put us in a hole, so I was pretty disappointed.”

    The Bears stayed on the attack in singles play. Baylor’s Max Tchoutakian extended the lead to 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 win over freshman Christian Sigsgaard.

    “Baylor always plays aggressive,” Center said. “We weren’t able to execute on some of the big points, so it just felt like we were fighting an uphill battle the whole night.”

    Senior George Goldhoff brought some life to the Longhorns, besting Baylor’s Will Little 6-1, 7-5 to make it a 2-1 score.

    The Bears responded, crushing all hopes of a comeback by winning the final two singles matches for a 4-1 win. The loss serves as a reminder to Texas that there’s room for improvement before entering postseason play in May.

    “We didn’t play well enough to win,” Center said. “But we have a lot of tennis ahead of us. We just have to play a lot better overall if we’re going to beat some of the top teams like Baylor.”

    The Longhorns face a quick turnaround as they play host to Texas Tech on Saturday at Caswell.

    “Our guys are pretty disappointed with the loss, but we’ll be ready to play on Saturday,” Center said. “That’s for sure.”

  • Multiple Longhorns to represent Texas on U.S. Collegiate Team

    It’s been nearly four months since Texas lost to Stanford in the NCAA Championship match, marking the second year in a row the Longhorns lost in the season’s final game. 

    But five Longhorns, including head coach Jerritt Elliott, finally have something to take their minds off their heartbreaking defeat to the Cardinal. 

    Elliott, along with four of his players, will compete on the U.S. Collegiate Team in Bangkok, Thailand, in a tournament spanning throughout most of the latter half of May. 

    Sophomore outside hitter Yaasmeen Bedardt-Ghani, freshman outside hitter Micaya White, senior middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu and sophomore middle blocker Morgan Johnson will compete on the team. 

    Those four Longhorns make up one-third of the total players on the team, who all hail from different universities around the country. The University of Kentucky is the only other school to send multiple players. The Wildcats are sending two.

    The team of 12 collegiate women will compete against Thailand’s national team, Thailand’s U23 team and Bangkok Glass — Thailand’s No. 1 professional team — during the annual U.S. Women’s Collegiate Thailand Tour on May 19–30. 

    Before then, Texas will play its spring schedule — including one home game against North Texas on April 18 at Gregory Gymnasium.