Audra Stamp / Staff Writer
The UNT track team made history this past weekend by sending two freshmen to compete at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa along with a four-year veteran.
Freshmen distance runners Silvester Harrison III and Bryce McAndrew made their first appearance at the meet, and while the competition was tough, they were excited to be there. Senior hurdler Steven White also finished off his collegiate year—just not how he wanted to.
“I loved the overall experience,” McAndrew said. “The coolest thing I thought was running on the same track as former Olympians who competed in the London Olympics.”
On Thursday evening White competed in the 400-meter hurdles. Earlier in June, White finished 3rd at the NCAA Championships in the hurdles with a time of 49.32 seconds.
However, during the preliminary race in Iowa, White was disqualified for a hurdle violation. If he had run 49.32 seconds or faster he would have finished first in prelims and moved on to the finals. Although his season ended, he will take the summer off and pick up training in the fall.
“My ultimate goal was to make it to the finals and possibly run a faster time than I did at the NCAA nationals,” White said.
On Friday afternoon McAndrew ran in the 1500-meter prelims. McAndrew finished 23rd out of 30 runners overall with a time of 4:04.84, but didn’t qualify for finals. For a first-time participant, McAndrew was excited about the experience, but he wished he could have competed a little better.
“I did okay, but I didn’t run as good of a race that I would have liked,” McAndrew said. “Part of the problem was I was training by myself, and it’s just really hard to train by yourself.”
Late Friday night Harrison competed in the 10,000-meter finals. Of the 20 runners competing Harrison finished 18th with a time of 34:07.49 minutes. Harrison could not be reached for comment.
The track and field season has officially come to an end and the UNT runners will take a break over the summer. McAndrew and Harrison will be back in action next fall for the start of the cross-country season and while White is leaving UNT behind, his school record is left.