Three Early Victories in Texas Relays

Two Texas-exes and a current Longhorn won their respective events in Austin on Thursday at the 88th NIKE Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

The 88th NIKE Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays kicked off on Wednesday at the University of Texas-Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, and two Texas-exes and a current Longhorn senior won their respective events on Thursday.

Sprinter Kendra Chambers, a four-time USTFCCCA All-American and four-time Big 12 Indoor champion, is the women's 800m invitational winner, clocking in a 2:06.57.

"This year is special," said Chambers about how this year compares to the previous Texas Relays. "They added women's 800, and it's one of my events I'm focusing on for my professional career. It's awesome to able to run your own event in a meet that focuses on relays. Also, I'll be running the USA 4x400 so I'm excited about that. This Relays definitely has topped the other years, but nothing tops wearing the burnt orange on your own track.

"This track is always fast with a warm welcome, considering I came here and did so much work here. It really is a blessing to come back and be able to show I'm still a part of the Longhorn family."

Texas-ex and Olympic Medalist Leo Manzano, who was representing Hoka One One, took home the title in the men's 800m invitational with a 1:46.63, breaking his former Texas Relays and Myers Stadium record of 1:47.34, which he set last year.

"It's just incredible and a special moment. I've had some up and downs but my training is on track for the outdoors. I was glad I could come out here and perform at the Texas Relays on my home turf," said Manzano.

Texas senior Eduardo Rodriguez is the men's 5000m university/college winner with his finish in 14:20.53.

"It was tough towards the end. At first, I wanted to see how it would feel. I thought I was going to run a slow time, but I picked it up pretty quick at the end," said Rodriguez. "It feels great. It felt really close on the last lap, and I couldn't disappoint so I did my best. It's been my second year. Last year was pretty tough. This year I wanted to hang around the top runners, and I did, so it feels really great to win here."

The Texas Relays will continue through the weekend. For a list of full winners, head over to Relay headquarters at Texas Sports

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