Weekend previews: Men's tennis, track and field

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Men's tennis

No. 10 Texas men’s tennis will conclude its regular season schedule Saturday against No. 7 TCU. The road match is the Longhorn’s last match prior to the Big 12 Championships on April 24th. 

Saturday’s match will mark the Longhorns’ fifth conference match in seven matches, with all five conference matches coming against ranked opponents. 

“We play a very tough schedule in the Big 12, and, in my opinion, we play in the toughest conference in the country,” senior Adrien Berkowicz said. “Playing a schedule like this is difficult, but it prepares us for the opponents we’ll play in the Big 12 Championships and the national championships as well.” 

The Horned Frogs will provide the Longhorns with one of their most difficult tests in a season that has been full of serious competition. TCU has won 10 of their last 11 matches, including a 4–0 sweep of No. 6 Texas A&M on April 11. 

With five victories thus far against teams ranked in the top 15 of the ITA rankings, Texas has proved to be a team worthy of competing for a Big 12 title, as well as a possible national title. First, they will face off against TCU on Saturday in Fort Worth. 

— Michael Shapiro

Men's and women's track and field

The Texas men’s and women’s track teams will compete in the Michael Johnson Invitational this weekend, hoping to improve an already successful season. 

Redshirt sophomore Chris Irvin is one of many Longhorns who took home a win from last year’s event in Waco. Irvin edged out the competition in the 200 meters with a time of 21.84 seconds. Sophomore Wolf Mahler also took part in the team’s victory with a title in the 110-meter hurdles. Another hurdler, junior Melissa Gonzalez, made the podium after winning the
400-meter hurdles.

The invitational last year was the final meet at the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex. This year, the event will take place at Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium in Waco, the $18.1 million facility that is currently in its inaugural season. 

The Longhorns, who sit ranked No. 3 in the women’s ranking and No. 6 in the men’s rankings, hope to build on the momentum they attained from sweeping the Texas Invitational last weekend and move up in the rankings before the Big 12 championships next month. 

— Bradley Maddox