Men's Track and Field finishes third, wins two events at Big 12 Championships
May 17, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Texas men's track and field team scored 83.50 points and finished third at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships. The Horns entered the day in fourth-place and used event wins by senior Jake Morse (Steeplechase) and junior Tevan Everett (800 meters) to move up one spot during the final day.
Morse, the current national leader in the steeple with a season-best time of 8:34.57, cruised to victory, clocking an 8:59.62 to win by almost five seconds. A three-time All-American, Morse notched his first Big 12 Championship, giving him seven All-Big 12 honors for his career.
Tevan Everett won his first outdoor Big 12 Championship in what was a packed 800-meter field for UT. Longhorns finished first, third, fourth and fifth in the event. The current national leader in the event, Tevan Everett, who has won three indoor conference titles in the 600 yards, clocked a 1:48.88 to finish over a second ahead of Kansas State's Jason Collett. Defending Big 12 and NCAA Champion, senior Jacob Hernandez placed third with a time of 1:50.50. Senior Mike Carmody was fourth in 1:50.96, while junior Tevas Everett placed fifth with a time of 1:51.38.
Junior Brandon Drenon followed up a fourth-place finish in the discus yesterday with a third-place finish in the shot put. Drenon managed a put of 17.79m (58-4.50) to score six points for the Longhorns.
Also in the field, senior Dustin Bynum claimed his first All-Big 12 honor with a seventh-place finish in the javelin, while sophomore Devon Bond placed eighth in the triple jump, in what was his first triple-jump competition of the season.
The Horns added seventh-place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles, 400 meters and 5K. Senior Elliot O'Hare claimed his eighth individual All-Big 12 honor and 10th overall by clocking a 14.25 in the hurdles. Sophomore Danzell Fortson earned two points for UT with a season-best 47.07 in the quarter. Senior Victor Gras claimed seventh in the 5K with a time of 14:37.39. Gras also scored in the 10K on Friday with a seventh-place finish.
Next up, the Longhorns will travel to Norman, Okla. for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on May 29-30.