Three Longhorns earn First Team All-America status on day three of NCAA Champs
June 10, 2011
DES MOINES - Three Longhorns earned First Team All-America honors to lead the Men's Track and Field team on the third day of the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium. With a day full of rain and weather delays, sophomore Marquise Goodwin, sophomore Hayden Baillio and junior Jacob Thormaehlen picked up 11 points towards the Longhorn effort.
Goodwin began his long jump competition Thursday night with a wind-aided leap of 26-9.25 (8.16m) for fourth place but had to delay his final attempt until Friday due to the NCAA calling the meet after severe weather entered the Des Moines area. The sophomore took his final leap at approximately 3 p.m. on Friday but was unable to improve, giving him fourth overall.
Texas scored two athletes in the shot put at the national meet in sophomore Hayden Baillio and junior Jacob Thormaehlen. Baillio tossed a 62-2.25 (18.95m) on his sixth attempt for fourth place overall, an improvement from his sixth place effort at the 2010 outdoor meet. Thormaehlen recorded a 61-7.75 (18.79m) for eighth. Both athletes earn First Team All-America honors for the second time this year as they also placed at the indoor national championship in March.
Weather delays also pushed the conclusion of the decathlon to Friday morning but it didn't stop sophomore Isaac Murphy from turning in a lifetime best 7,806 points for ninth overall. His mark is the sixth best in Texas history and he joins five other Longhorns who have totaled 7,800 or more points in program history.
Murphy, who is now a Second Team All-American, is the third Longhorn in the last five years to eclipse the mark as well, joining Trey Hardee and Donovan Kilmartin. To show how tough the decathlon competition was this year, Murphy's 7,806 was the highest point total by a ninth-place finisher in Texas history.
Texas concludes competition at the 2011 national meet on Saturday with sophomore Keiron Stewart in the 110m hurdles and the finals of the 4x100m relay.
CBS Sports will air the championship live from 12:30 p.m. Central to 2:30 p.m. Fans can also watch the broadcast on NCAA.com.