Men's Track and Field preview: Houston Indoor Opener
When: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- The No. 18 Texas men's track and field team opens the 2008 indoor season at the Houston Indoor Opener at Yeoman Field House in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Jan. 12.
The Longhorns returned enough points to make the poll. Junior and two-time NCAA champion Leo Manzano (Marble Falls, Texas) begins his defense of his conference and national title in the mile. Triple jumpers Elliot O'Hare (Austin, Texas) and Joseph Davis (San Antonio, Texas) should add points to a deep jumps group. Combined events student athlete Andrew Webb (Midland, Texas) and middle distance All-Americans Jacob Hernandez (Magnolia, Texas) and Jake Morse (Arlington, Texas) are expected to score points on the national level this season.
The large group of first-year Longhorns includes athletes with a range of experience. Junior transfers and twin brothers Tevan and Tevas Everett (Bel-Aire, Kan.) scored at the conference level during their first two seasons. Freshmen Danzell Fortson (Fort Worth, Texas) and Kenny Greaves (Coppell, Texas) have U.S. track and field experience while rookie high jumper Devon Bond (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) and pole vaulter Maston Wallace (Houston, Texas) were among the national prep leaders in 2007.
2007-08 Indoor Schedule
From Jan. 25-26, Texas will make its first of three trips to Fayetteville for the Razorback Invitational. The following week, a small group will compete at the Heritage Classic (Feb. 1-2) in Nampa, Idaho.
The Longhorns then continue the regular season with the New Balance Invitational from Feb. 8-9. Texas won the team championship at the 2007 meet.
After a two-week break, UT heads to Fayetteville for the most competitive meet of the regular season - the Tyson Invitational - a meet that brings in the top college and professional athletes.
The Big 12 Championships kick off the championship season for Texas, from Feb. 29 to March 1 in Lincoln, Neb.
Texas will schedule a last chance meet on March 7 or March 8 before heading to nationals to conclude the season.
2006-07 Season Recap
2007 Preseason Track and Field Rankings
And let the Olympic Games begin
In track and field, the qualifying season started on Jan. 1, 2007 and will end on July 23, 2008. Athletes must meet the 'A' or 'B' standard in order to make the Olympic roster. The athletics events will take place during the final 10 days of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (Aug. 15-24) at Beijing Stadium.
The U.S. team will hold its Olympic Trials from June 27-July 6 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The top finishers from each event will represent the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games in China.