The Texas track and field program will be represented by six current and former Longhorns at the IAAF World Championships in London in August. Three others qualified as alternates for Team USA.
Three members of Team USA will represent Texas at the World Championships.
Ryan Crouser, who won the shot put at the USATF Championships with the No. 10 throw all time, highlights the Texas representatives on Team USA. Crouser’s throw of 74 feet, 3 3/4 inches set a new USATF Championships record and came on his final throw at the competition Sunday.
Michelle Carter, who won the Women’s shot put event, and Trey Hardee, who won his fourth U.S. title in the decathlon will join Crouser in London.
Three current Longhorns will represent the Jamaican National Team in sprint events at the IAAF World Championships.
Chrisann Gordon, who set a personal best in the 400 meters at the Jamaican National Championships, earned her first individual spot on the Jamaican National Team with a time of 50.13. Gordon earned a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in the 1600 relay.
Rushelle Burton, a freshman, took fourth in the 100-meter hurdles. She earned a spot at the World Championships since Jamaica was allowed to have four members qualify. Danielle Williams was awarded a spot automatically as the defending world champion, opening up another spot for Burton.
On Sunday, Ashley Spencer and Byron Robinson earned spots as alternates for Team USA. Spencer finished the 400-meter hurdles in 53.11, a personal best, while Robinson’s time of 48.50 in the men’s event was good for fourth place.
The IAAF World Championships run from Aug. 4 to Aug. 13 in London.
Team USA Longhorns
Michelle Carter – Women’s Shot Put
Ryan Crouser – Men’s Shot Put
Trey Hardee – Men’s Decathlon
Morolake Akinosun – Women’s 100m Alternate (eligible for 4x100m Relay pool)
Byron Robinson – Men’s 400m Hurdles Alternate
Ashley Spencer – Women’s 400m Hurdles Alternate
Jamaican National Team Longhorns
Rushelle Burton – Women’s 100m Hurdles
Senoj-Jay Givans – Men’s 100m
Chrisann Gordon – Women’s 400m