• Men's track heads to NCAAs with 15 athletes qualified for nine events

    The Longhorn men’s track and field team had 15 athletes qualify in nine events in the West Preliminary Round to advance for the NCAA Outdoor Championship.

    "We feel really good," head coach Bubba Thorton said. "We talked about getting through this one, and once you get [to nationals], it's another ball game.”

    Senior Keiron Stewart qualified for the fourth straight year in the 110 meter hurdles, after overcoming an injury he has been working back from for two months.

    "It's a bittersweet feeling," Stewart said. "I wish my senior year could have been a more memorable one, but in life we have obstacles and we just have to face them as they come."

    Texas had three athletes advance in discus, including sophomore Ryan Crouser, who leads the nation in the event. Crouser, sophomore Blake Jakobsson and junior Clint Harris each secured spots, and this will be Crouser and Jakobsson’s second-straight NCAA appearances. For shot put, senior Hayden Baillio and sophomore Will Spence finished out the throwing side of the Horns.

    Freshman Reese Watson secured his first trip the national meet in the pole vault as the only freshman to qualify from the West in the event.

    Watson skipped 5.30 meters and opted instead to try the five-forty and made it. He said he was excited for the opportunity.

    “I’m super excited,” Watson said. “I finally got a new outdoor PR and I get to join the rest of the team in Eugene.”

    Thornton said the team will continue to prepare for nationals and that he believes in the team’s ability going forward.

    “We’re in a good place. Our freshmen class looks really good, our graduating senior look really good, our underclassmen look really good," Thornton said. "The program looks solid, so let’s go get after them now.”

  • Women's track sends 12 athletes in 10 events to NCAAs

    Texas women’s track and field will have 12 entries in 10 events for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held June 5 through 8 in Eugene, Ore.

    “I really feel like we’re peaking at the right time,” interim head coach Rose Brimmer said. “All season long I’ve been telling the girls that we have to be patient. You want to get better and better every meet and this meet just proves that we’re right on time.”

    The Longhorns will be represented in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 5,000 meters, 100 meter hurdles, 400 meter hurdles, the high jump, pole vault and both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

    The 4x100 relay includes senior Chalonda Goodman, junior Briana Nelson, sophomore Morgan Snow and junior Danielle Dowie.

    Goodman qualified for both the 100 and 200 meters, making her one of two runners to qualify in three events alongside Nelson. Nelson will run in the 400 meters and the other relay. Snow advanced in the 100 meter hurdles, while Dowie will compete in the 400 meter hurdles.

    The 4x400 relay will feature Nelson, Dowie, freshman Courtney Okolo and senior Kendra Chambers. The group ran the second fastest time at the qualifying meet.

    Junior Shanay Briscoe advanced in the high jump, the event she came in fourth in at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials last year. Sophomore Kaitlin Petrillose and senior Natasha Masterson tied for seventh place and qualified in the pole vaulting event and senior distance runner Mia Behm qualified for the 5,000 meter event.

  • Longhorns finish season No. 18

    Texas woman's tennis began NCAA Tournament play with a sweep of William and Marry University. Their opening round success set them up for a a match against the University of Virgina in the second round.

    Texas won the doubles point and singles players Aerial Ellis and Breaunna Addison held court for the Longhorns, but Virginia proved to be too much and was able to advance to the third round of the tournament in front of their home crowd at the Snyder Tennis Center.

    The No. 18 Longhorns finished the season with a record of 18-1.

    Though the Longhorn women were unable to hold court, singles players Aerial Ellis and Breaunna Addison received draws for the woman's singles tournament, while Breaunna Addison and teammate Noel Scott received a draw for woman's doubles. 

    Scott and Addison were edged out of the tournament's first round, while fellow Longhorn teammate Aerial Ellis began her tournament play against North Carolina's Joelle Kissell. Ellis was able to knock out Kissell after hard fought sets. 

    Ellis was unable to move forward in the tournament's next round. Ellis finished her career as a Longhorn with two All-American nominations and an ITA Texas Region Player Rookie of the Year Award, among many other accolades as a Longhorn.

    As a first year freshman, Addison stormed through competition on her way to the semi-finals before meeting Stanford's defending champion, Nicole Gibbs, where she fell short.

    Addison's first round victory made her the first Longhorn freshman to win a match in the 64-player NCAA singles draw in 17 years. After her win in the second round she sealed her spot as an ITA All-American and finished her freshman season with a record of 30-7.

     

  • No. 3 Texas Golf looks to repeat as Champions

    The defending champion Texas men’s golf team came in third place in the Fayetteville region of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the NCAA Championship for the seventh straight season and 59th time overall.

    The Longhorns (285-295-297) as a team finished at a 16-over 880, good for third place in the region behind Illinois and host No. 13 Arkansas.

    Texas was led by senior Cody Gribble (70-74-75) tied for 10th place at 3-over 219 . Kramer Hickok (74-74-73) and Toni Hakula (69-76-76) tied for 18th at 5-over 221, while Brandon Stone 72-74-79 tied for 26th at a 9-over 225.

    NCAA Championship play begins Tuesday the 28th of May and continues through the Second of June. 150 golfers from 30 teams will compete at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta.

    Six additional golfers with the best scores in the regional on teams that didn’t advance, will have the chance to be crowned individual champion along with the 150 on teams that made the field.

    The NCAA Championship consists of teams playing three rounds with the top four scores out of the teams of five being counted. The top eight teams then advance to five on five match-play to determine the best team in the nation.

    Last season Texas squeaked by Alabama in the championship pairing to claim the Longhorn’s first title since 1972. The Crimson Tide rank second in the country and are back in the field - along with No. 6 Washington, the team Texas knocked out of the quarterfinals in last year’s tournament. 

    With the tournament being held in Atlanta, No. 8 Georgia Tech is the host and is looking for its first title since 2005.  Four other Big 12 teams made the field of 30 along with Texas: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech.