The Texas men tied their best finish as they took fifth place in the 400-meter relay at the NCAA Championships on Friday in Eugene, Ore.
The Longhorns finished tied for 26th overall in the team standings with 10 points as Florida took the men’s title with 61.5 points, edging Texas A&M by two points.
Carlton Anumnu, Aldrich Bailey Jr., Charles Anumnu and Senoj-Jay Givans finished the 400 relay in 38.73 seconds. The fifth place finish was Texas’ best since 2006. The quartet of seniors is the only group in school history to run the race in under 39 seconds. They did so twice, breaking the school record with a time of 38.68 in Wednesday’s semifinals.
“When it came down to it, especially the Anumnu’s, they were looking for a way to etch their name in the history book,” said assistant coach Zach Glavash in a UT press release. “And for those twins to be able to do that together along with Senoj-Jay and AJ on the last meet, last time, it was pretty cool.”
Givans competed in both the 100 and 200, taking seventh and sixth place in the events. He finished the 100 in 10.29 to take seventh place and two team points for Texas. His time of 20.76 in the 200 was good enough for sixth place and the best finish for a Longhorn in the event since 2006. Jamaal Charles, current running back for the Denver Broncos, finished seventh that year.
“It was a tough field all around and he went out there and competed,” Glavash said of Givans. “He’s had a great career and he has rewritten the record books here at Texas, and he should be very proud of himself.”
Givans and the rest of the field were bested in both events by Christian Coleman of Tennessee who won both races. Coleman took the 200-meter title in 20.25 and the 100 in 10.04.
Competing in three finals, Givans will earn first-team All-America honors for each event.
“At the end of the day I was proud of how he stepped up. It goes back all the way to the conference championship. We don’t win the conference championship without efforts like that,” head coach Mario Sategna said. “I was very proud to see him write his final chapter the way he did.”
With the men’s competition completed, the Texas women will compete in finals Saturday and are currently tied for 35th place with one point. Georgia leads overall with 24.2 points.