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Men's Tennis

The Texas track and field program competed at both the Razorback Invitational and the Bill Bergan Invitational over the weekend, posting strong results without sending complete squads.

The short-distance women went to Ames, Iowa, for the Bergan Invitational and won each of the four events they entered.

But the most impressive performance of the weekend came from Fayetteville, where senior distance runner Sara Sutherland won the women’s 3,000-meter in convincing fashion with the third-best time in school history.

“[Sutherland] knocked it out of the park,” head coach Mario Sategna said. 

Sutherland led the entire race and finished 18 seconds ahead of second-place teammate, senior Marielle Hall.

Sophomore Zack Bilderback dominated the men’s competition as he won the 400-meter at the Bergan invitational with a personal-best time of 46.98. 

The squad will return to Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday for the New Mexico Collegiate Classic.

Women's Tennis

The wind persisted throughout Texas’ meeting against Stanford, ultimately blowing in favor of the Cardinal, as the team beat the Longhorns, 6-1.

No. 17 Texas (3-1) came into this match without losing more than one point against its first three opponents.

The Cardinal, ranked No. 1, fared better than that, with no points lost through its first two matches.

Stanford claimed the doubles point with wins by its two top-16 tandems. No. 15 Kristie Ahn/Carol Zhao knocked off No. 21 Breaunna Addison/Pippa Horn, 6-2.

Senior Elizabeth Begley dropped her match at No. 2 singles (6-2, 6-0). Freshmen Neda Koprcina and Horn lost their matches as well, giving Stanford the victory.

Though the match was already decided, freshman Ratnika Batra continued her round against No. 34 Caroline Doyle. Batra prevented a Cardinal sweep with a 6-2, 6-3 win.

The Longhorns will travel to Charlottesville, Va., on Friday to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.

Track and Field

The Texas track and field program competed at both the Razorback Invitational and the Bill Bergan Invitational over the weekend, posting strong results without sending complete squads.

The short-distance women went to Ames, Iowa, for the Bergan invitational and won each of the four events they entered.

But the most impressive performance of the weekend came from Fayetteville, where senior distance runner Sara Sutherland won the women’s 3,000-meter in convincing fashion with the third-best time in school history.

“[Sutherland] knocked it out of the park,” head coach Mario Sategna said in a statement. 

Sutherland led the entire race and finished 18 seconds ahead of second-place teammate, senior Marielle Hall.

Sophomore Zack Bilderback dominated the men’s competition as he won the 400-meter at the Bergan invitational with a personal-best time of 46.98. 

The squad will return to Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday for the New Mexico Collegiate Classic.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Fayetteville on Friday for their season-opening dual meet against Arkansas. Despite several promising individual performances, both were easily defeated by the Razorbacks.

But the losses also could be partly attributed to several key male and female performers were held out of the meet as the teams ease their way into a long and arduous season.

There were also several strong early season performances that bode well for the rest of the year.

On the men’s side, freshman sprinter Carlton Anumnu won the 60 meters in a time of 6.90 seconds, and junior throwers Blake Jakobsson and Will Spence won the weight throw and shot put, respectively.

For the women, senior Shanay Briscoe won both the high jump and shot put, while junior Kaitlin Petrillose came up just short of breaking her own UT record in the pole vault.

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.

Parents of students from Cape Fear High School east of Fayetteville, N.C., where authorities say a 15-year-old was shot, pray outside of the East Regional Branch Library on Monday.

Photo Credit: The Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A 15-year-old student was shot in the neck with what appeared to be a small-caliber bullet during a lunch period outside a North Carolina high school Monday, and police have not been able to find the gun or any suspects.

Catilyn Abercrombie was in fair condition after surgery at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna. Abercrombie was able to respond to questions by nodding and shaking her head, Tanna said. Cape Fear High School and a nearby middle school were locked down for hours before students were allowed to go home.

Police were still combing the rural, wooded area on the outskirts of Fayetteville, searching for clues.

“Right now, we don’t know what happened or who’s responsible,” Tanna said.

Police are investigating several possibilities concerning how the shooting might have happened Tanna said, including the chance that it might have been an accident. The area is popular with hunters, and hunting season is under way.

“There is nothing in stone as to what happened today,” she said.

A police officer assigned to the school was standing near Abercrombie when she was shot at about 1 p.m. and immediately called 911, Tanna said.

Students from Mac Williams Middle School were sent home before their high school counterparts, who were still gradually leaving the campus by 6 p.m. Students were searched by police and left the building in long lines holding their hands above their heads before boarding buses that took them from campus.

Cumberland County school officials plan to have heightened security in place for when classes start on Tuesday.

“There will be metal detectors and beefed up security inside both schools,” Tanna said. “Some parents have said they don’t plan to send their kids to school. Those who do come can be assured there will be increased security on both campuses.”

Women's Track

The Longhorns will split up again this week as part of the team heads to the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque and the remainder competes in the Husky Classic in Seattle.

No. 8 Texas distance runners will face the top distance teams at the invite-only Husky Classic. Other teams participating include No. 1 Oregon, No. 5 Tennessee, No. 7 BYU, No. 9 Auburn and many others.

The Longhorns don’t feel intimidated by the competition. Instead, they say it will help them improve.

“I feel really excited for all of us because [assistant coach] Steve [Sisson] has been training us to prep for this meet, for us all to get good times,” junior runner Mia Behm said. “With the training that we are going in with, along with the competition we are going to be facing, it should bode well for really good results.”

The team previously split up on Jan. 28-29 to compete at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville and the Houston Invite.
In Fayetteville, junior Angele Cooper ran the nation’s second-fastest 400-meter time (52.69), and senior Chantel Malone posted the second-best long jump in school history (21-10).

After the Jan. 28-29 meets, Malone was named Big 12 Athlete of the Week for her performance. Her 21-10 jump puts her at first in the nation.

Because the Husky Classic is focused on distance, Malone, Cooper and much of the team will compete at the Don Kirby Invitational.

Other high performers that will participate in the Don Kirby meet include Shanay Briscoe, who placed third in the high jump in Fayetteville with a mark of 5-8.75, and Briana Nelson who finished fourth place in the 400 with a personal time of 53.31.

Distance runners Betzy Jimenez, Behm, Julie Amthor and Sara Sutherland all plan to compete in the 3,000 in Seattle. Jimenez and Behm will also participate in the 5,000.

Behm feels confident that both meets will go well for the Longhorns.

“We are real tight as a team, we get along really well, and I feel like we all want to perform well,” she said. “We are all really fit this season, and I think we will do well.”

After splitting their team to take part in two different meets in different states, the Longhorns posted a combined 10 personal bests at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and the Houston Invitational & Multi’s this weekend.

Senior Chantel Malone completed the second-best long jump in Texas indoor history in Arkansas on Friday night with a mark of 6.65 meters.

Malone finished in first place and automatically qualified for the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships, which takes place in March.

“She stayed focused and kept improving to where she executed everything on time,” said Texas head coach Beverly Kearney. “That takes a lot of maturity, and we’re excited about what she can do this season.”

In the high jump, freshman Shanay Briscoe finished third with a personal best of 1.8 meters while Victoria Lucas finished fifth with 1.75 meters.
In Fayetteville on Saturday, junior Angele Cooper ran the season’s second-fastest 400-meter time countrywide at 52.69 seconds.

“When you look at Texas now, you see a complete team,” Kearney said.

In Houston, Amanda Van Dyke and IJ Ubabuike both posted personal bests in the shot put, and Jennifer Swan finished first in the 5,000-meter run.
 

The Longhorn women will split up this weekend, with some of the team attending the Houston Invitational and Multi’s and the rest competing at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville.

The Longhorns are coming off a strong finish at their first meet Jan. 14, where they finished first with 177 points. The women won five events and set eight personal-bests competing against Rice, Houston, UT San Antonio and Louisiana Tech.

The ultimate goal of the Longhorns is to win a national title, but they plan to stay competitive at this weekend’s meets.

“We want to win a national title and everything that falls under that we want to win as well,” senior distance runner Betzy Jimenez said. “Some things don’t need to be said anymore, because things are already in motion. We just need to go with the tide because that has already been started.”

Half the team will compete against Houston and UT San Antonio again at the Houston Invitational and Multi’s, which will take place both Jan. 28 and 29. Other invited teams at the invitational include North Texas, Rice, Sam Houston State, and Lamar.

The Arkansas Invitational will be hosted by No. 6 Arkansas and will feature seven teams that are ranked in the latest release of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national poll.

The inclusion of highly ranked teams make the Arkansas Invitational an important meet for the Longhorns.

“The distance races are going to be more competitive in Arkansas,” Jimenez said.

Top ranked teams that will participate include number 19 Arizona, number three LSU, number 14 Florida State, and number 18 Texas. Also competing will be Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Stanford and TCU.

Jimenez said the young members of the team will create an all-around competitive attitude at both meets, even though it is still early in the season.

“In past years you have had to develop the girls, but these girls came in with that mentality,” she said. “They came ready to contribute.”

The Arkansas invitational will take place on Friday, beginning at 11 a.m. with the pentathalon and continuing with field events a 3 p.m. and distance at 6 p.m.

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Razorback Invitational
Fri. to Sat.
Date: Fri. to Sat.
Time: All Day
Place: Arkansas Randall-Tyson Track
(Fayetteville, Kan.)

Houston Invite
Fri. to Sat.
Date: Fri. to Sat.
Time: All Day
Place: Yeoman Fieldhouse
(Houston)

Two weekends ago, the Longhorns placed a disappointing seventh at the Big 12 championships. With five conference championships to their name since 1996, the poor performance was uncharacteristic. Now, as Friday’s NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., approach, the team is looking to get back into its usual championship form.

“Whatever happened yesterday, you have to move on,” head coach Beverly Kearney said about the team’s outlook.

Although the Big 12 championship may be in the past, some of the problems that hindered the team at that meet linger. The Longhorns are still short on depth — only four individuals and one relay team will make the trip to Fayetteville.

“We just have less room for error, so we’re going to have to maximize on what we’ve got,” Kearney said about overcoming this shortage of competitors.

Luckily for Kearney and the Longhorns, history is on their side. The team is currently riding a seven-year streak of top-10 finishes. More importantly, they have finished fourth the past two years with teams that only consisted of three individuals and one relay.

This past success, which has come without a lot of depth, can partially be attributed to the difference in scoring systems between the national and conference meets.

According to redshirt junior Betzy Jimenez, the conference meet awards the most points for placing a lot of athletes, but the national meet awards the most points for placing these athletes in top positions. So, the Longhorns’ concerns about depth can be overcome if each individual places well.

“At nationals, it’s about quality, not quantity,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez, a distance specialist who will be competing in the 3,000-meter and the mile, missed all of the 2009 season due to injury. If this weren’t enough, a recent illness forced her to miss a week of practice prior to the Big 12 championships. With her illness now under control and her health intact, Jimenez says she’s ready to let loose.

“When you battle all these obstacles, it just makes you want it that much more,” Jimenez said. “I’m ready to go out and have some fun.”

Joining Jimenez will be senior shot putter Jordyn Brown, junior long jumper Chantel Malone, and sophomore sprinter Angele Cooper. Malone and Cooper, along with Judy Nwosu and Stacey-Ann Smith, also make up the 4x400-meter relay team that will be competing.

Brown, the team’s only individual All-American, will bring the most experience to the meet.

She heads into the meet ranked 13th, but she placed fourth at last year’s national championship.

Though not as seasoned as the senior shot putter, Malone and Cooper have also been tested on the national stage. The two were both members of last year’s outdoor 4x400-meter national championship team. Malone will come in as the reigning Big 12 long jump champion, and Cooper placed second in the 400-meter at the conference championship.

“We can’t hold ourselves back by thinking too much,” Cooper said. “We’ve been practicing everyday for this. Now it’s just time to go out there and fight for Texas.”

What: NCAA Championships
Where: Fayetteville, Ark.
When: All Day Friday/Saturday
Web: texassports.com
Tickets/On Air: N/A
 

After two grueling months with meets every weekend, the Texas men’s track and field team will put it all on the line today at the NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

After dominating the indoor season for four years, the Longhorns lost a lot of their key contributors and came into the 2010 season ranked outside the top 50. As the season progressed, the Longhorns have proven that they belonged in the title hunt, but their work was not enough to overcome the stiff Big 12 competition. The team finished in a disappointing sixth place at the conference championship last week.

“I hate to use the term ‘rebuilding’ because we’ve been very competitive all year,” coach Bubba Thornton said. “But there are certainly plenty of [freshmen] that are scoring points for our team.”

The Horns will send five athletes and a relay team to the meet. They look to extend their streak of seven consecutive top-10 finishes at the indoor national meet.

Pole vaulter Maston Wallace, shot putters Jacob Thormaehlen and Hayden Baillio, long jumper Marquise Goodwin and Keiron Stewart in the 60-meter hurdles all qualified.

Wallace will make his third appearance at the indoor national meet after finishing third as a freshman and 10th last year.

Others have not had as much experience. This marks the first appearances in a national meet for Thormaehlen and three qualifying freshmen on the team.

One team member representing the class of 2013 is Stewart, who produced a 7.95 qualifying time in the 60-meter hurdles in January but missed almost a month to deal with a hamstring injury. Back at 100 percent, Stewart clocked a 7.71 to finish fourth at the Big 12 Championships, moving him into eighth place on the national list.

The five individual athletes will be joined by the distance medley relay team of Logan Gonzales (1,200 meters), Danzell Fortson (400 meters), Tevas Everett (800 meters) and Patrick Todd (1,600 meters). The medley is just one of 11 teams that advanced to the national meet.

Being on the national stage has its perks. For the first time this season, the Horns will be broadcast live as ESPN360.com streams portions of the meet. ESPN2 will also air a 90-minute highlight show at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

What: NCAA Championships
Where: Fayetteville, Ark.
When: FRI: 10 a.m./SAT: 11 a.m.
Web: ESPN360.com
Tickets/On Air: ESPN2