Olympic contenders expected in four days of collegiate and professional events
Longhorn Network (LHN) will provide four days of intensive coverage of the 2016 Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The network’s 14-hours of coverage includes collegiate and professional competition in heptathlon, decathlon, hurdles, long distance, sprints, field events and more, between March 30 to April 2, airing live from Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. This will mark the fifth consecutive year LHN has carried the event.
ESPN’s two-time Olympic bronze medalist Dwight Stones and Emmy Award-winning Track and Field analyst Larry Rawson will provide insights and commentary on all the action alongside play by play Paul Sunderland. LHN’s own Ahmad Brooks and Jane Slater will provide reports and live interviews from the track.
The Texas Relays offers athletes an opportunity to burnish their credentials prior to the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. For example, former Longhorns Sanya Richards-Ross and James Edward “Trey” Hardee III competed in the 2012 Texas Relays, and went on to bring home the gold (Richards-Ross; 2 events) and the silver (Hardee) in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Former Longhorns competing this week include 2012 Olympian, two-time NCAA long jump champion and current Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, Leo Manzano, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 1,500 meter event and five-time NCAA champion and Ryan Crouser, a four-time NCAA shot put champion.
Japanese National Team members Yoshihide Kiryu who equaled the World junior 100-meter record (10.01) in 2013, and Jenn Suhr, an Olympic gold medalist and indoor world record holder in the pole vault, are also both expected to compete.
On the collegiate side, current Longhorns Junior Sierra Patrick and sophomore Ashtin Zamzow will go up against the Texas Relays’ defending champion in that event, Arkansas’ Alex Gochenour.
Longhorn redshirt freshman Reese Thompson will carry the flag for UT in the decathlon, and is joined in the event by 2012 Olympian Ingmar Vos from the Netherlands. Vos trains with Texas Track and Field Head Coach Mario Sategna, who earned the 2014 Big 12 Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the year and NCAA South Central Region Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year awards.
LHN Texas Relays TV Schedule (all times Central):
|Wed, March 30||8:30 p.m.*||Day 1 of Heptathlon, Decathlon|
|Thu, March 31||4:30 p.m.*||Conclusion of Heptathlon, Decathlon|
|6 p.m.||400M Hurdles prelims, Long Distance running|
|Fri, April 1||9:30 a.m.||Prelims, 4 x100M, 110/100M Hurdles, 100M, 4x400M|
|7 p.m.||Finals 400M hurdles, Distance Medley, Field events|
|Sat, April 2||1:30 p.m.||Finals, 4x100M, 110/100M Hurdles, 100M, 4x400M, 200M, Field events|
* same day tape-delayed
About Longhorn Network
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