Marielle Hall

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.

Texas’ cross country season drew to a close Saturday, with the only women’s qualifying championship runner, senior Marielle Hall, becoming a back-to-back All-American with a 29th place finish in the conclusion of her senior campaign.   

Hall entered the last meet of the season with an impressive set of finishes, including individual titles at the Big 12 Championships and the NCAA South Central Regional, where she became a two-time regional champ. Along with plenty of other recognitions, Marielle Hall had a career of firsts. Hall became the first Texas runner to gain a Big 12 individual title this year and the South Central Regional Title in her junior season.

The Longhorns team as a whole had a great season as well, dominating the competition in some instances like the annual UTSA Ricardo Romo Classic, where both the men and women’s teams came away with first place honors and the team victory.

Texas’ indoor track season kicks off Jan. 17 at the Arkansas-Texas Dual in Fayetteville, Ark.  

Women's Track and Field

Behind strong individual and relay performances, the No. 13 Longhorns finished second at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Ames, Iowa this weekend.

Texas claimed victory in the medley relay Saturday as All-Americans Sara Sutherland, Briana Nelson, Kendra Chambers and Marielle Hall clocked in at 11:15.90, the second fastest time in school history. Sophomore Kaitlin Petrillose also impressed on the first day of competition, as she became the first Longhorn to ever win the pole vault title at the indoor conference meet. By clearing 4.33 meters, Petrillose was able to beat her own personal mark and also eclipse the school record.

“It’s exciting to make a mark on the record books at a place like Texas, especially when it really counts at the conference meet,” Petrillose said. 

On Sunday the Longhorn’s 4X400 meter relay team took home a Big 12 title finishing with a time of 3:33.54. It was the team’s first win in the event at the conference meet since 2005. Another championship performance included junior Shanay Briscoe’s victory in the high jump with a clear of 5-9.25 (1.76m).

The Longhorns were able to score in 17 of 19 events and finished with a total of 148 points, just shy of team winner Kansas with 150.5 points.

In total, Texas earned 30 All-Big 12 honors in 17 scored events on the weekend. Senior Kendra Chambers, junior Briana Nelson and freshman Courtney Okolo led the way for the Longhorns with three each, while junior A’Lexus Brannon, senior Mia Behm, junior Shanay Briscoe, junior Danielle Dowie, senior Chalonda Goodman, junior Marielle Hall, senior Alicia Peterson and junior Christy Udoh picked up two apiece. 

The Longhorns will compete in the Last Chance Meets Friday and Saturday before the NCAA Indoor Championships take place March 8-9.

Women's Cross Country

Battling to keep their burnt orange distinct from the surrounding maroon, gold and orange competitors, juniors Sara Sutherland and Marielle Hall finished third (20:19.7) and sixth (20:32.7) at Saturday’s Big 12 Cross Country Championships.

“My goal was to be top three, and I was,” Sutherland, the first Longhorn to finish that high at the meet since 1998, said. “Last year at the Big 12 Championships, I kind of crashed and burned the last [kilometer]. It was good to be able to have that mental image and know that it’s not necessarily pertinent to race the way that everybody else races. I’m comfortable and I’m working the way that works for me.”

Sutherland and Hall’s finishes mark the first time Texas had two top-10 runners at the Big 12s since 2003. Along with teammate Megan Siebert in 15th place, the three juniors received All-Big 12 honors.

As a team, Texas finished third, missing runner-up Oklahoma State’s 81 by just six points. No. 2 Iowa State defended its title with a 34-point finish, with the top two runners and five of the top 15.

“When you look at the piece of paper, it’s a bit disappointing,” assistant coach Stephen Sisson said. “But if you look at each one of the individuals, we had a great performance.”

The Longhorns next compete in the NCAA South Central Regional on Nov. 17.