Alicia Peterson

Women's Track & Field Review

Briana Nelson runs the 400-meter dash at the Texas Relays last weekend. Nelson set a career-best time in the 400 at the Florida Relays on Saturday.

Photo Credit: Ryan Edwards | Daily Texan Staff

A slew of top-6 finishes (and the absence of a win) at the 68th Annual Pepsi Florida Relays illustrated the Longhorns’ room for growth in the outdoor season.

Claiming sixth out of 68 runners in the 400-meter dash, sophomore Briana Nelson made the first strong showing at the two-day meet for Texas. Nelson ran for a career-best 52.49 seconds. Kendra Chambers, Stacey-Ann Smith and Alicia Peterson competed alongside Nelson, all except Peterson finishing in the top half.

Friday afternoon’s field events were also opportunities for Texas athletes to gain confidence in outdoor competition.

Despite placing two spots higher at the Texas Relays, Okwukwe Okolie finished 5th in the discus throw invite with an improved 51.14-meter mark.

In the high jump, Victoria Lucas and Shanay Briscoe — two historically close competitors — came in second and third, respectively. Beverly Owoyele and Peterson also competed in the event.

Coming off a second-place performance two Saturdays ago at the Texas Relays, sophomore Danielle Dowie clenched fourth in the 400-meter hurdles.

Sophomore Christy Udoh, competing in the 200-meter dash for the first time outdoors this year, and junior Chalonda Goodman found success in the final individual running event of the meet for UT.

Coming in fifth, Udoh was less than one-tenth of a second off the time that had earned her the title of fastest Longhorn in the race last outdoor season. With a personal record of 22.85, Goodman claimed second and ended Udoh’s reign of team-dominance in the event.

While only participating in three events, Longhorns closed out the Florida Relays on Saturday with two fourth-place performances.

In the last field event of the meet, Amanda Van Dyke took fourth in the shot put invite with a throw for 15.84 meters. Wrapping up the weekend with the final women’s event, a Texas team — composed of Dowie, Chambers, Udoh and Nelson — held its own with the fourth best time in the 4x400-meter relay.

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Texas took the top two spots in the 400-meter races to lead a strong performance at the Houston Invitational. Alicia Peterson ran a 55.39 to win the event, and Danielle Dowie placed second with a time of 55.99.

“We have transitioned from having a good meet the last two weeks to a very good meet this weekend,” said head coach Beverly Kearney. “We had some very competitive season bests.”

Sophomore A’Lexus Brannon won the long jump with a 6.11 meter jump for her first win of the season. Victoria Lucas led Texas in the high jump where the Longhorns took the top three spots. She cleared 1.79 meters for first while Beverly Owoyele and Peterson placed second and third respectively after they each cleared 1.74 meters.

Amanda Van Dyke finished second in the shot put with a throw of 15.91 meters. Okwukwe Okolie took third with a throw of 14.52 meters and Akua Sencherey finished 10th.

Owoyele also took third overall in the pentathlon led by a second place finish in the high jump. Jessica Doyle finished seventh in the pole vault clearing a height of 3.6 meters in her second meet of the season.

“We did a good job of building on each other’s energy in the field events with all of them going on at the same time,” said Kearney. “We were ignited by Morgan Snow’s personal records in two events and that really set us off the rest of the meet.”

Snow finished third in the 60 meter hurdles and also took seventh in the 60 meter dash with Allison Peter running a 7.40 for third place.

Next, Texas will split into two teams with one competing in the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. and the other going to the Washington Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. Both events will take place on Feb. 10-11.

Coming off a four-win season opener at the Leonard Hilton Invite in Houston, the Longhorns traveled to Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday to compete in the Auburn Indoor Invitational.

Although the Longhorns faced athletes from top-ranked teams including No. 5 Clemson, No. 6 Central Florida and No. 9 Florida State, the fierce competition had no apparent effects on their performance.

Six UT runners placing in the top 10 in the 400-meter race at the Leonard Hilton Invite. This event proved to be the team’s best race. Stacey-Ann Smith — who placed second in Houston with a time of 54.80 — took first on Saturday, running a 54.32. Briana Nelson claimed third, Kendra Chambers came in fourth and Alicia Peterson finished eighth.

The top 400-meter runners — Smith, Nelson, Chambers and Peterson — teamed up in the 4x400-meter relay, placing second; UT claimed third place in the event as well.

A strong showing in the 200-meter dash was a new development for the Longhorns. Allison Peter, coming in third with a time of 23.64, was followed by Christy Udoh who placed eighth, and Chalonda Goodman who came in 10th place.

Marielle Hall and Sara Sutherland finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 3000-meter run. While Hall came in first place in the mile race in Houston, it was Julie Amthor who stepped up for the Longhorns this weekend, placing fourth with a mile time of 4:49.44.

The UT women also made a strong showing in the field events. Both Shanay Briscoe and Victoria Lucas soared 1.77m in the high jump, landing them in third and fourth; Beverly Owoyele and Peterson tied for eighth place in the event. Additionally, A’Lexus Brannon took fourth place in the long jump and Amanda Van Dyke finished fourth in the shot put.

The Longhorn runners will return to Houston this upcoming weekend to compete over a span of two days in the Houston Invitational.