By Steve Lansdale
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Senior sprinter Teahna Daniels won the 200-meter dash in 23.66 to lead the Texas women’s track and field team in its season opener at the Reveille Invitational at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium at Texas A&M. Her time was the fastest run in the country this season.
The Longhorns competed in the four-team meet against the host Aggies, Houston Cougars and TCU Horned Frogs.
Junior Serenity Douglas finished third in the 200, in 23.90, while freshman Kennedy Simon crossed the line in 24.08 to finish fifth.
Terry Brown, Jr., led the Longhorns on the men’s side, finishing second in the 200-meter dash, in 21.46.
UT’s Marleen Guerrero finished second in the high jump when she cleared a personal-best 5 feet, 3¾ inches (1.62 meters). Her previous best was 5 feet, 3 inches (1.60 meters).
Megan Rourke finished fifth in the 1,000-meter run, in 3:00.35, while Samantha Shulhan claimed eighth place in the event, in 3:04.63.
Texas won the second heat of the women’s 1,600-meter relay when the team of Mariam Abdul-Rashid, Daniels, Damea McKelvy and Anne Sofie Kirkegaard ran away from the runner-up quartet from TCU by more than four seconds, finishing in a winning time of 3:48.82. The men’s tema of Brown, Micaiah Harris, Jonathan Jones and Ika Morton finished fourth in the second heat of the men’s 1,600-meter relay.
"It's always exciting for our student-athletes to open their season in a competitive setting against some high-level competition," head coach Edrick Floréal said. "We had some bright spots during the meet and also several things that we can work on in our training to continue improving. We look forward to returning to training next week and getting prepared for the main indoor season starting in January."