Men's Track and Field's Goodwin, Baillio, Thormaehlen punch ticket to Eugene
May 27, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- Three Longhorns punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships and two others advanced to the quarterfinals as Texas opened up competition at the NCAA West Preliminary meet on Thursday. Freshmen Marquise Goodwin (long jump) and Hayden Baillio (shot put) and sophomore Jacob Thormaehlen (shot put) advanced to Eugene, home of the second half of the national championships, by finishing in the top 12 of their respective field events, while sophomores Patrick Todd (1,500m) and Trevante Rhodes (100m) each advanced to the quarterfinals.
Goodwin posted the top mark in the long jump of both the east and west preliminary meets with a 26-5. It ranks as the ninth-longest mark in school history and is the longest jump since Richard Duncan jumped 26-8.50 at the 1997 Big 12 Championships. Goodwin opened with a 25-9.25 before posting a huge jump on his second attempt that was negated after just barely scratching. He came back on his third attempt to take the lead in the event with the 26-5 and decided to pass on his final three attempts.
Baillio finished fourth in the shot put with a mark of 59-11, while Thormaehlen placed seventh with a toss of 59-0. Baillio's mark came on his third attempt and Thormaehlen's top throw came in the second round.
Rhodes qualified 14th in the 100 meters behind a 10.48. He finished third in his heat, which automatically advanced him to the quarterfinals. Todd edged his way into the quarterfinals of the 1,500, claiming the 24th slot. He ran a personal-best 3:45.35 to land the last qualifying position.
The Longhorns will resume competition on Friday with the pole vault at 1 p.m. For live streaming and live results, visit www.TexasSports.com.