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Chrisann Gordon of UT competes in the Women's 4x400 meter relay event at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Saturday April 1, 2017. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Track & Field

Longhorn sprinters shine in semifinals at NCAA Championships

Posted June 9th, 2017

The Texas women’s track and field squad turned in top performances in the sprint semifinals at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. on Thursday night.

Teahna Daniels and Chrisann Gordon each qualified first in their events while Rushelle Burton and Ariel Jones qualified fifth in their respective hurdle competitions.

Daniels finished the 100-meter dash in 11.17 seconds to top Aaliyah Brown of Texas A&M by .01 for the best qualifying time for the final. Daniels wasn’t able to qualify for the 200, however, finishing 22nd with a time of 23.80.

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Gordon’s time of 50.39 in the 400 meters was best in the field and a record for the semifinals of the NCAA Championships. She was just .29 off the pace of an overall NCAA meet record.

Burton, a freshman, finished the 100-meter hurdles in 12.94 to take the fifth best time of the semis.

Jones also qualified fifth in her 400-meter hurdles semifinal race with a time of 56.61. She finished third in her heat but was able to qualify on time.

Despite the individual sprint success, the Longhorns were unable to qualify for the 400 relay final, finishing 11th.

Texas did make the 1600 relay final with a time of 3:30.79, qualifying in fifth.

Finals were held in field events with two Longhorns competing Thursday. Haley Crouser took eighth place in the javelin with a mark of 174 feet, 2 inches. Kally Long wasn’t able to clear a height in the pole vault final, however.

Wolf Mahler and Steele Wasik claimed top-ten finishes in the decathlon. Victor Lindon of Texas A&M won the event with 8,390 points.

Texas’ Wolf Mahler clears the bar while competing in the pole vault during the men’s decathlon on the second day of the NCAA outdoor college track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)

Mahler took a second-place finish in the 1,500 meters to claim eighth place in the decathlon. Wasik scored two fourth-place finishes, in the javelin and 110-meter hurdles, to secure 10th place.

The Texas women are in 35th place overall through six out of 21 events with a point. The men also have a point through seven out of 21 events and sit in 36th place.

Georgia leads the women with 24.2 points while Texas A&M leads the men with 31.5 points.

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