Men's Track and Field ties for 17th at NCAA Championships
June 12, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. -- Texas freshman Marquise Goodwin won the national title in the long jump as the Longhorns tied for 17th place at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday. The Horns scored 15 points during the meet, 10 from Goodwin's victory, three from Hayden Baillio in the shot put and two from Keiron Stewart in the 110-meter hurdles.
"We finished in the top 20 again, so we're happy about that," said head coach Bubba Thornton. "Certainly, with a few breaks, we could've been up around the top 10, but we're a young team. Every one of our individual performers was making their first trip to the national meet, so we think we can build on this. The experience of this meet will definitely help those guys and we expect it to lead to even better performances in the next few years."
Goodwin posted a leap of 26-9 to win the long jump by over seven inches. The mark moved him into second on UT's all-time performers list, ahead of Richard Duncan (26-8.50). The winning jump was just one inch shy of his lifetime-best 26-10, which he set almost one year ago at Hayward Field in finishing fifth at the U.S. Championships. That mark remains the national high school record.
"First off, I just want to thank God," Goodwin said. "I feel really blessed with all the things that happened this year. I had to battle through an injury, so to be able to come out and be at my best during the end of the year was great. All my jumps felt good today. The crowd was really into it and I was so amped up for the finals, I just didn't get on the board. But, I thought I put the pressure on with my first jump and I'm glad it held up."
He opened with the 26-9 and followed that with marks of 25-10.25 and 26-4.25. After qualifying for the finals, Goodwin was forced to wait on the second flight of jumpers to take his final three attempts, which all resulted in fouls.
Goodwin's championship marked UT's first national title in the long jump since 1996 and its sixth overall. Goodwin joined Duncan (1996), Eric Metcalf (1986 and '88), John Robertson (1946) and Jud Atchison (1939) as Texas long jump national champions. Metcalf was actually on-hand at Hayward Field to watch Goodwin jump.
In the shot put, freshman Hayden Baillio used a personal-best 61-7.50 to finish sixth. He moved into seventh on UT's all-time performers list thanks to the mark. Baillio opened with a 58-4.50 before posting the 61-7.50 on his second attempt. He added a throw of 60-4.50 in round three before fouling on his final three attempts.
Freshman Keiron Stewart claimed seventh place in the 110-meter hurdles with a 13.97. He became the first Longhorn to earn All-America honors in the event since Jermaine Cooper did it in 2002.