EUGENE, Ore. – The final day of the USA Track & Field Championships resulted in another medal for the contingency of athletes competing with connections to the Texas Longhorns. Former Horn, Marielle Hall finished second in the women's 5,000 meters to bring home silver and qualify for the IAAF World Championships.
Hall crossed the line in 15:06.45 in one of the most exciting finishes of the entire four days of action. She was out-leaned at the finish line by Nicole Tully, who won by just .01. By placing in the top three and meeting the entry standard time, Hall will be on Team USA at the World Championships in Beijing this August.
Two current Longhorns also were in action on Sunday at Hayward Field.
Sophomore Spencer Dunkerley-Offor closed his impressive 2015 campaign with a time of 13.62 seconds in the semifinals of the men's 110 meter hurdles. That time placed him 11th overall and was just .03 off of advancing out of his heat to the final.
Pole vaulter Kaitlin Petrillose was up against the top athletes in the nation and finished in 13th place. Petrillose cleared 4.25 meters (13-11.25) but was unable to clear the next height of 4.40 meters (14-5.25).
The 2015 track and field season will still continue for a number of former, current and future Longhorns. A handful of Horns qualified for the World Championships as well as the Pan American Games and Junior Pan Am Games. Those meets will be contested later this summer.