Numerous current and former Longhorns kicked off action at the USATF Championships as well as the Jamaican National Championships Thursday.
The USATF Junior Championships also began with various Texas athletes competing, highlighted by George Patrick who leads the decathlon after five events.
Patrick, a freshman, dominated the competition as he scored a personal best 4,113 points. He set personal records in four out of five of Thursday’s events. Patrick took first place in the 100 meters with a time of 10.75 seconds. He also won the long jump with a mark of 24 feet, 5 inches.
Patrick finished in third in both the shot put and the high jump. He set a distance of 45-7 for a personal best in the shot put. The only event he didn’t hit a personal best in was the high jump (6-4 3/4). His time of 50.40 was good enough for fourth place in the 400 meters.
If Patrick finishes in the top-two he’ll qualify for a spot on Team USA for the Pan American Junior Championships in Peru later this summer.
Two current Longhorns and a former one competed in the decathlon at the senior level to try to earn spots on the IAAF World Championships team.
Former Longhorn Trey Hardee sits in second place through five events after taking two second-place finishes and scoring 4,306 points. He took second in both the 100 meters and the shot put. He ran a 10.57 in the 100 and posted a mark of 48-11 in the shot put.
Hardee took third in the high jump with a mark of 6-6. His long jump mark of 24-4 1/2 was good for fourth. In the 400 meters he finished in 49.02 for fifth place.
Hardee will attempt to take his fourth USATF title on Friday. If he qualifies for Team USA, he’ll be in position to go for his third world title at the IAAF World Championships.
The top scoring current Longhorn in the decathlon Thursday was Steele Wasik, who sits in eighth with 3,983 points at the halfway point. He took third in the high jump with a height of 6-6. His next best finish was fifth in the shot put with a mark of 45-5.
Wolf Mahler withdrew from competition following the shot put.
Morolake Akinosun qualified second in the 100 meters with a time of 10.98. The former Longhorn won her heat to automatically qualify for the semis.
Courtney Okolo, another former Longhorn, also qualified second in her event. The 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the 1600 relay finished the 400 meters in 50.97 to advance to the semifinals.
Zola Golden, a sophomore at Texas, qualified 14th with a time of 52.02, a personal best.
Current Longhorn Teahna Daniels was just .01 away from advancing in the 100 meters. She finished tied for 17th overall.
Former Longhorn Kendra Chambers finished the 800 meters in 2:02.89 to qualify for Friday’s semifinals. She qualified fifth in the event.
Leo Manzano, 2012’s Olympic silver medalist, finished his heat in 10th to end up 30th in the 1,500 meters.
At the Jamaican National Championships, Senoj-Jay Givans finished second in his heat and qualified for the semifinals in seventh with a time of 10.27 in the 100 meters.
Elena Bruckner finished in ninth place of the USATF Junior Championships discus competition with a mark of 156-7. She’ll also compete in the shot put.