Men's Track and Field ties for 20th at NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 13, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Texas junior Tevan Everett finished as the runner-up in the 800 meters at the NCAA Championships on Saturday. With eight points added to Jake Morse's five points from the Steeplechase, the Longhorns finished in a tie for 20th place with 13 points.
"We're disappointed that we didn't meet our goal for the national meet," said head coach Bubba Thornton. "We have put some good things in place for next year from the guys returning to the guys coming in, so I'm excited about the future. We'll use this experience to help us get better."
Everett, who came into the meet as the national leader, clocked a personal-best 1:46.27 to finish just .06 seconds behind winner Andrew Wheating of Oregon. Using his usual race strategy, Everett took the early lead and finished the first lap in 51.26. He continued to hold the lead and answered Wheating's initial move with about 600 meters left.
Everett appeared to put some distance between he and Wheating coming off the final turn, but Wheating pushed towards the finish. With Everett leaning a little too soon, Wheating drove through the finish and nipped Everett at the tape. Everett ran the final 200 meters in 27.46 to Wheating's 27.32, which ended up being the difference.
Next up, various Longhorns will travel to Eugene, Ore. for the U.S.A. Outdoor Track and Field Championships and the U.S.A. Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships from June 25-28.