The Texas Longhorns track program was represented well on the third day of the USATF Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Saturday. A former Longhorn earned a bronze medal while others advanced to sprint finals.
Michelle Carter, 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the shot put, took home a bronze in the event with a throw of 63 feet, 5 1/2 inches. The mark was good enough for Carter to qualify for a spot on Team USA at the IAAF World Championships.
Current Longhorns, Byron Robinson and Aldrich Bailey Jr., also highlighted the day for Texas. Robinson finished the 400-meter hurdles in 48.71 seconds to qualify third in the semis, automatically advancing to Sunday’s final. Bailey Jr. advanced to the semifinals of the 200 meters with a time of 20.76. That was 14th best on the day.
In the women’s first round of the 200, two former Longhorns qualified for the semis. Kendall Baisden qualified 11th with a time of 23.03 while Alexandria Anderson finished in 23.14 to qualify 16th.
Ashley Spencer, another Texas ex, automatically qualified for the 400 hurdles final with a time of 54.88. She had the sixth best time of the day.
Courtney Okolo finished eighth in the 400 final in a time of 51.23.
At the Jamaican National Championships, Texas was represented by sprinter Chrisann Gordon and long jumper O’Brien Wasome.
Gordon qualified with the best time of the women’s 400 meters as she clocked a personal best 50.30 to advance to the final.
Wasome finished eighth in the men’s long jump with a distance of 25 feet.
In the USATF Junior Championships, Micaiah Harris, a future Longhorn competed in two events. He qualified for the 200-meter final with a time of 21.30. That was the third best time of the semis. Harris took seventh place in the 400 with a time of 48.77. He didn’t run in the 200 final after that.