//Big Things Expected of Longhorns as NCAA Champs Gets Underway Today

Big Things Expected of Longhorns as NCAA Champs Gets Underway Today

The NCAA Track & Field Championships begin today at venerable Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon (ESPN3, 6-10 p.m.) and the University of Texas men’s and women’s teams are expected to be major players. The Longhorns have a combined 28 qualifiers. The No. 1-ranked Texas women have 16 entries in 12 events (second most in the field) and the No. 5-ranked UT men have 12 qualifiers in 10 events (fifth highest) which is a good indication of the depth the two teams have for the four-day meet.

The Texas women’s team has a good chance to win its first NCAA outdoor team title since 2005 (fifth overall) and first-year head coach Mario Sategna thinks it could come down to the last event—the 4 x400 relay which UT ranks No. 1—to determine the team championship.

Going into the meet, the UT women had either the number one or two mark in five events—the 100, 400, 5000, pole vault and 4 x400—as well as considerable depth in several events which could bode well for scoring.

Individually, Courtney Okolo has the fastest 400 time (a collegiate record 50.03) and Kaitlin Petrillose is tied for the highest pole vault (14-9) in the country. Morolake Akinosun is the second fastest (10.99) in the 100 and distance star Marielle Hall, in what will be her final collegiate meet, has the second fastest 5000 time (15:19.26) in the country.

Among the men, reigning NCAA shot put champ Ryan Crouser is by far and away the leader with a throw of 70-2 and the odds-on favorite to repeat. Crouser, just a junior who will also compete in the discus, comes from the first family of weight events. His uncle Dean won three NCAA championships for Oregon in the shot and discus in the early ’80s and another uncle, Brian, won two NCAA javelin titles.

Texas qualified just two distance runners for the NCAAs: Hall in the 5000 and Olivia Mickle in the 10,000. Hall is one of the favorites in the 5000 on Saturday. If she does win, she would become the second distance runner to win an NCAA track title in school history. Anne Schweitzer won the 5000 in 1987 and since then only one other UT distance runner (Trina Leopold in ’88) has even scored in the NCAAs.

The TV schedule, starting tonight:

O Tonight, ESPN3.com (6-10 p.m.)
O Thursday, June 12 – ESPN3.com (5:55-10 p.m.)
O Friday, June 13 – ESPNU (6:30-8:30 p.m.
O Saturday, June 14 – ESPNU (4-6 p.m.)

TEXAS ENTRIES – NCAA Outdoor Championships
• All Times Central
Wednesday, June 11
Women
• 4×100-Meter Relay – Semifinal (6:15 p.m.):
• 800 Meters – Semifinal (6:45 p.m.): Katie Hoaldridge
• 400 Meters – Semifinal (7:15 p.m.): Courtney Okolo, Briana Nelson, Ashley Spencer, Kendall Baisden
• 100 Meters – Semifinal (7:45 p.m.): Morolake Akinosun
• 400-Meter Hurdles – Semifinal (8:30 p.m.): Danielle Dowie, Melissa Gonzalez
Men
• 100 Meters – Decathlon (1:30 p.m.): Johannes Hock, Wolf Mahler
• Long Jump – Decathlon (2:15 p.m.): Johannes Hock, Wolf Mahler
• Shot Put – Decathlon (3:30 p.m.): Johannes Hock, Wolf Mahler
• High Jump – Decathlon (4:45 p.m.): Johannes Hock, Wolf Mahler
• Pole Vault (6 p.m.): Reese Watson
• 4×100-Meter Relay – Semifinal (6 p.m.):
• 400 Meters – Semifinal (7 p.m.): Zack Bilderback
• Shot Put (7:30 p.m.): Ryan Crouser
• 400 Meters – Decathlon (8 p.m.): Johannes Hock, Wolf Mahler
• 100 Meters – Semifinal (7:30 p.m.): Senoj-Jay Givans

Thursday, June 12
Women
• 200 Meters – Semifinal (6:15 p.m.): Morolake Akinosun
• 100-Meter Hurdles – Semifinal (7:20 p.m.): Morgan Snow
• 4×400-Meter Relay – Semifinal (8:40 p.m.):
• 10,000 Meters – Final (9:15 p.m.): Olivia Mickle
Men
• 110-Meter Hurdles – Decathlon (1 p.m.): Johannes Hock, Wolf Mahler
• Discus – Decathlon (2 p.m.): Johannes Hock, Wolf Mahler
• Pole Vault – Decathlon (4 p.m.): Johannes Hock, Wolf Mahler
• 200 Meters – Semifinal (6 p.m.): Senoj-Jay Givans
• Javelin _ Decathlon (6:30 p.m.): Johannes Hock, Wolf Mahler
• 4×400-Meter Relay – Semifinal (8:20 p.m.):
• 1,500 Meters – Decathlon (9 p.m.): Johannes Hock, Wolf Mahler

Friday, June 13
Women
• Pole Vault (5:15 p.m.): Kaitlin Petrillose
• 400-Meter Hurdles – Final (6:41 p.m.):
• 100 Meters – Final (7:07 p.m.):
• 800 Meters – Final (7:25 p.m.):
• 400 Meters – Final (8 p.m.):
Men
• Discus (6 p.m.): Ryan Crouser, Will Spence
• 100 Meters – Final (7 p.m.):
• 400 Meters – Final (7:50 p.m.):

Saturday, June 14
Women
• High Jump (2:45 p.m.): Shanay Briscoe
• 4×100-Meter Relay – Final (4:10 p.m.):
• 200 Meters – Final (4:49 p.m.):
• 100-Meter Hurdles – Final (5:19 p.m.):
• 5,000 Meters – Final (5:24 p.m.): Marielle Hall
• 4×400-Meter Relay – Final (5:55 p.m.):
Men
• Javelin (2:35 p.m.): Fabian Jara Dohmann
• 4×100-Meter Relay – Final (4:03 p.m.):
• 200 Meters – Final (4:42 p.m.):
• 4×400-Meter Relay – Final (5:47 p.m.):

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