Former San Antonio area standouts Tre’Bien Gilbert and Alex Rogers brought home All-American designations Friday on Day 3 of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Gilbert, an Arkansas freshman from Judson, ran the third leg of the Razorbacks’ 4×100-meter relay.
Rogers, a University of Texas senior from New Braunfels Canyon, finished sixth in a grueling 3,000-meter steeplechase that was run in 90-degree weather in Austin.
Ashtin Zamzow, a UT senior from Goliad, held second place in the women’s heptathlon after four events.
Ranked No. 1 in the nation coming into the meet, Zamzow will need to come from behind and catch Texas A&M sophomore Tyra Gittens to win the title Saturday on the last day of the meet at Myers Stadium.
In the first event of the evening session Friday, Arkansas finished fourth in one of the fastest 4×100 relays in championship history.
Florida won in a collegiate best 37.97 seconds, followed by Florida State (38.08), Texas Tech (38.45) and Arkansas (38.58).
Both Florida and Floria State bested the previous record of 38.17, set last year by the University of Houston.
The Arkansas sprint relay consisted of freshman Josh Oglesby, sophomore Kris Hari, Gilbert and redshirt senior Roy Ejiakuekwu.
Last year, Gilbert emerged as one of the top high school hurdlers in the nation as a Judson senior.
He won state titles in Class 6A in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
In his first outdoor season as a collegian, he moved into the rotation of runners on the Arkansas sprint relay two weeks ago during the West Regional preliminaries.
Gilbert held tight to the position at the national meet, running third on the Arkansas relay in Wednesday’s semifinals and in Friday’s finals.
In the 3000 steeplechase, Rogers started fast, holding second or third place through the first five minutes.
From there, he faded to back in the pack but finished strong, passing a few runners at the end for sixth in 8 minutes and 43.29 seconds.
Two runners tripped on barriers and fell on the last lap.
One of them, Stanford’s Steven Fahy, got up and won the race in 8:38.46.
Sam Worley, a UT sophomore from New Braunfels Canyon, finished a disappointing ninth in the 1,500 meters.
Notre Dame’s Yared Nuguse won in 3:41.381, coming from behind and leaning at the end to beat second-place Justine Kiprotich of Michigan State, who was timed at 3:41.384.
Worley entered the meet ranked fifth.
But he finished a hard-luck ninth in 3:42.81, less than a half second behind both seventh-place Jack Antsey of Illinois State and eighth-place Casey Comber of Villanova.
In the heptathlon, Gittens and Zamzow were 1-2 in the standings through four events.
Gittens, from Nashville, Tenn., scored a victory in the high jump and placed second in the shot put.
Zamzow placed third in both the 100-hurdles and third in the shot put.
Going into the last day, which consists of competitions in the long jump, javelin and 800 meters, Gittens holds a 161-point edge (3,872-3,711) on Zamzow.
Zamzow started her career at Texas A&M before transferring to Texas.
She scored a career-high and nation-leading 6,148 points at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in March.
Gittens’ best this year was 5,793 at the Southeastern Conference championships on May 9.
Final men’s team standings
Texas Tech 60, Florida 50, Houston 40, Georgia 32.5, Stanford 32, Texas A&M 29, LSU 28, BYU 27, Texas 26, Alabama 25.