Men's track and field places 10th at NCAA Indoor Championships
March 12, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas Men's Track and Field Team tallied 17 points to earn a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The top 10 finish is the Longhorns' eighth in the last nine seasons and the 21st in head coach Bubba Thornton's career.
Saturday's Longhorn effort was led by sophomore Keiron Stewart who posted a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking 7.68. Stewart scored at the NCAA Championships for the second time in his career. The sophomore finished seventh in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last season. Stewart is just the second athlete in program history to score at an NCAA meet in the 60-meter hurdles. Jermaine Cooper accomplished the feat twice in 2002 and 2004.
Senior high jumper Jamal Wilson just missed scoring points for the Longhorn effort, clearing 7-2.50 (2.20m), the same height cleared by the third through eighth-place finishers. Wilson placed ninth based on previous misses in the sequence.
In the triple jump, freshman Mark Jackson appeared in his first career NCAA meet, finishing 16th.
Florida won the team championship with 52 points, followed by Texas A&M (40), BYU (34), LSU (31) and Florida State (30).
The Longhorns will begin the outdoor season Friday, March 25, competing in a tri meet with UCLA and Arkansas in Austin at Myers Stadium.
We're still pleased with the outcome. Hayden Baillio and Jacob Thormaehlen, it's quite an accomplishment from last year when they didn't make the finals to make the final. They're moving forward. Mark Jackson, it's an incredible experience and he can build on that. I know Jamal (Wilson) is disappointed, because it was misses that kept him from scoring, but that's why they have the competition. It's time to get back and get started and continue to improve with this group of guys.
Sophomore Keiron Stewart
On if he hit the first hurdle: Yes, I felt that I hit it real solid and the start wasn't right. That took some away from the race, not too much. This is a stepping stone.