Distance duo

Former Canyon High School standouts Sam Worley (left) and Alex Rogers are assaulting the record books as members of the Texas track and cross country teams.

AUSTIN — Once teammates at Canyon High School, Alex Rogers and Sam Worley have reunited at the University of Texas.

And each one is busy building a lasting legacy with the Longhorns.

During the annual Husky Classic in Seattle earlier this month, Rogers and Worley set new program marks in their respective events. Rogers, a senior, shattered the school record in the 3,000 meters by nearly five seconds as he clocked a 7:51.11, while Worley, a sophomore, broke his own mark in the mile by running a 3:57.98.

“This is something special,” Rogers said. “It’s been a long time coming and things are falling into place at the right time. Coach (Pete) Watson has us working at full capacity and all the guys are having fun and running fast. There is more to come.”

Rogers’ time placed him fifth in the nation in the 3,000 meters, while Worley’s time in the mile was the best in the NCAA.

Worley also became the first Longhorn to ever break 3:58 in the mile and helped set a new mark for overall excellence, as it’s the third time this season that a UT runner has turned in a sub-four minute mile, which is also a new record.

Rogers has notched the other two performances this season.

“It’s exciting, as things are starting to click just before championship season,” Worley said. “To have a national mark down takes a lot of pressure off. Now the focus is about winning races and chasing team titles.”

The Big 12 Indoor Championships were held this weekend in Lubbock, and the NCAA Indoor Championships are set for March 8 and 9 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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