Live Coverage of the 2014 Texas Relays Begins March 26
Longhorn Network (LHN), the 24-hour channel devoted to The University of Texas, will air the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays for the third year beginning Wednesday, March 26 at 5 p.m. CT. The relays feature Texas Track and Field athletes in addition to athletes from across the state of Texas, the nation and the world competing in a plethora of outdoor events such as heptathlon and decathlons, steeplechase, javelin, triple jump, high jump, discus, pole vault, hurdles and relays. LHN will air 17 total hours of Texas Relays coverage.
ESPN’s Dave LaMont will provide play-by-play throughout the meet, and former NCAA All-American athlete and current ESPN radio host Sean Adams will serve as reporter. Rounding out the team, Larry Rawson, Emmy Award-winning track and field sportscaster, and Dwight Stones, track and field Olympian, will serve as analysts.
In attendance at the 2014 Texas Relays will be more than 6,500 total athletes– 4,113 high school athletes, 2,282 university and college athletes, and 156 invitational athletes, with almost 900 teams represented. Thirty-two of the 50 states, and nine countries will be represented.
Notable UT alumni contenders include Leonel Manzano, competing in the Men’s Invitational 800; Trey Hardee, competing in the Men’s Invitational 100 and “B” Section Discus/Pole Vault; Chalonda Goodman, competing in the Women’s Invitational 200; Hayden Baillio, competing in the university/college shot put; Stacey Ann Smith, competing in the Women’s Invitational 200; and Betzy Jimenez, competing in the Women’s “A” Section 1500.
Texas track and field athletes have performed well in indoor meets this year, with the women winning the title of Big 12 Indoor Champions and the men placing 2nd. The women also finished 2nd at Indoor Nationals. Notable Texas athletes competing this year include pole-vaulter Kaitlin Petrillose, who set a new NCAA record at 15 feet and 1 inch, shot putter Ryan Crouser, who won the Indoor Nationals and 2013 Outdoor Nationals, and reigning Decathlon national champion Johannes Hock.
Current NCAA Defending Champions participating in Texas Relays include Julian Wruck (UCLA) – NCAA Men’s Record Holder in Discus, Jarrion Lawson (Arkansas) – NCAA Indoor Champion in Men’s Long Jump, Lorraine Ugen (TCU) – NCAA Outdoor Champion in Women’s Long Jump, Shawn Barber (Akron) – NCAA Indoor Pole Vault Champion, and James Harris (FSU) – NCAA Indoor High Jump Champion.
Programming highlights for Texas Relays (all times Central):
|Wed, March 26||5 – 7 pm*||Heptathlon and Decathlon|
|Thu, March 27||4 – 6 p.m.*||Conclusion of Heptathlon and Decathlon|
|Thu, March 27||7 – 10 p.m.||Day Field Events, 4×800 Relays, 800M, 5000M, and Steeplechase|
|Fri, March 28||9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||4×100 Relays, 100 and 110M hurdles, 100M and 4x400M Relays. Also Javelin, Triple Jump and Discus|
|Fri, March 28||6:30 – 9:30 p.m.||Sprint Relays, 400M Hurdles, Distance Medley, 4x1500M, Javelin, Triple Jump, Discus and Pole Vault|
|Sat, March 29||1:30 – 5:30 p.m.||4x200M, 4x100M, 110M Hurdles, 100M, 1500M, Mile, 4x400M, High Jump and Discus|
*same-day delayed coverage
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