ALBUKERK, New Mexico (KXAN) — Two Texas Longhorns sprinters set the world-leading time in their respective events this women’s indoor track season at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational on Saturday, held at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Julien Alfred, St. Lucia graduate student and defending NCAA 100m champion, ran the world’s best run this season in the 60m with a brilliant time of 7.02 seconds, equaling her personal best she set at the NCAA 2022. Indoor Championships. She made her debut of the season with a time of 7.05 in the preliminary round. Alfred has three of the top four 60m scores in NCAA history and all five of the best scores in school history.
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Rasidat Adeleke, a junior from Dublin, Ireland, won the 200m with a world-leading time of 22.52 seconds. She broke her previous indoor personal best (22.85) and set a new Irish national record. Time places her 3rd in school history behind Bianca Knight and Sleigh Richards-Ross.
Alfred finished second in the 200m with a time of 22.71 and Adeleke finished second in the 60m with a time of 7.20.
Alfred was named to the preseason watchlist for the Bowerman Award, honoring the most outstanding male and female NCAA track and field athletes. The award is presented by the United States Track and Field Coaches Association.