By Steve Lansdale
BYDGISZCZ, Poland — Part of the future of the University of Texas track and field program, Alexis Duncan, took on some of the sport’s elite in the IAAF World Junior Championships and more than held her own, finishing fourth for Team USA in the 100-meter hurdles in a personal-best time of 12.93 seconds.
Duncan finished just .04 seconds out of third place.
Her time already ranks with the best ever to run at UT; if she were officially on the roster, her time would have been the seventh-fastest in the history of the Texas women’s program.
Duncan’s finish was the highest in any event by any of the six current and future Longhorns competing at the World Junior Championships. Others who finished among the top eight in their events: incoming freshman Elena Bruckner finished seventh in both the shot put and discus, and rising sophomore Mariam Abdul-Rashid was eighth in the 400-meter hurdles.