DMR finishes fourth at NCAA Indoor Championships
March 13, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas' distance medley relay placed fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships to give the Longhorns five points after the first day. The team of seniors Tevan Everett, Jacob Hernandez and Jake Morse and sophomore Danzell Fortson clocked a 9:32.77 in the first of two sections to finish behind Oregon (9:29.59), Arkansas (9:30.31) and California (9:30.39), who all ran in the second section.
Hernandez led off for the Texas team, which was ranked 10th nationally coming into the meet, by posting a 2:53 in the 1,200-meter leg. Fortson was next with a 46.9 in the 400-meter leg, followed by Everett, who clocked a 1:50.4 in the 800. Morse, running the entire anchor leg by himself, closed with a 4:01 mile.
Everett and Hernandez also qualified for the 800-meter final on Saturday. Everett, the school record holder in the event, was the top qualifier in the prelims after posting a 1:49.04 to win the first of two heats. Hernandez, who is the reigning outdoor 800-meter national champion and a three-time Big 12 indoor 800-meter champion, claimed the final qualifying spot with a 1:49.75.
In the field, sophomore Maston Wallace placed 10th in the pole vault with a clearance of 5.15m (16-10.75). Wallace cleared at 5.15m on his third attempt, but was knocked out of the competition when he couldn't get over at 5.25m (17-2.75).
The Horns will return to action on Saturday with senior Raymond Harris in the high jump (4:15 p.m.) and Everett and Hernandez in the 800 meters (6:30 p.m.). Live video of the final day will be available on ESPN360.com at 4:55 p.m. (Central).
Distance Medley Relay
10. Maston Wallace, 5.15m (16-10.75)