Givans only male to place at NCAA track and field championships for Longhorn men

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Junior Senoj-Jay Givans will leave Eugene, Oregon as the only Longhorn male to place in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championships.

Givans took No. 3 in the 100-meter finals on Friday. The Longhorn men qualified for nine events, but this marks the only event where someone placed.

A cold wind challenged the runners of this race. The gun sounded, and Givans exploded out of the blocks. A slight side-step just a few meters in stuttered his rhythm, but Givans powered through the finish. For a minute, the runners stood at the finish, questioning who had won. When the times lit up the board, Arkansas’ Jarrion Lawson dropped to the ground in celebration. Givans walked off the track just 0.04 seconds behind the leader in third place at 10.25.

To get to the finals, Givans shocked the nation with a 9.96 finish in the 100-meter semifinals on Wednesday evening. He became the first Longhorn to break 10 seconds. On a national level, Givans ran the No. 2 fastest semifinal time and the No. 9 best overall time in NCAA history.

“He’s been through this a number of times now and he has really made tremendous strides with his meet management at the national stage,” head coach Mario Sategna said, “To run under 10 seconds with a legal wind set the tone.”

Givans’ time was the fastest of the semifinals, with the next fastest being Tennessee’s Christian Coleman at 10.03 seconds. Givans’ heat knocked out NCAA Indoor 60-meter champion, TCU’s Ronnie Baker from the finals of the 100-meter.

The Texas women finish off Nationals with their finals on Saturday.