Leonard Hilton Memorial
When: Friday, Jan. 18, 2008
Where: Houston, Texas (Yeoman Field House/UH Alumni Center)
Track: Flat, six lane, 200-meter oval with eight-lane straightaway
AUSTIN, Texas -- The No. 18 Texas men's track and field team will venture to Houston for the second consecutive weekend to compete in the Leonard Hilton Memorial meet at Yeoman Field House on Friday, Jan. 18.
Last Weekend's Recap
The No. 18 Texas men's track and field team opened the 2008 season with a team-win at the Houston Indoor Opener on Saturday, Jan. 12. The Longhorns grabbed the team title behind a 140.50-point scoring effort, ahead of host school Houston (123).
Two Texas high jumpers met the NCAA provisional mark as senior Joel Hargett (Conroe, Texas) and junior Raymond Harris (Nacogdoches, Texas) cleared 7-0.25 (2.14m) in placing second and third.
Four individuals won events in the season-opener. Freshman Maston Wallace (Houston, Texas) impressed his hometown crowd with a win in the pole vault (16-6.5/5.05m). Senior John Rouse (Kaufman, Texas) captured the weight throw with a mark of 58-4.75 /17.80m). Junior Elliot O'Hare (Austin, Texas) used a personal best in the 60-meter hurdles (7.96) in leading the field. Redshirt freshman Brandon Birdsong (Lubbock, Texas) took the win in the longest event of the day, the 5,000-meter run (15:11.91).
Big 12 leaders (Times have been converted to banked track)
Provisional qualifiers Hargett and Harris are second and third among league high jumpers while freshman Devon Bond is tied for fifth (6-8.25/2.04m)... Birdsong and redshirt freshman Habben Berhane are the top two 5,000-meter runners in the conference... Senior Jake Morse (Arlington, Texas) has the third fastest 3,000-meter run time (8:24.63) in the league. Teammate Erik Stanley (Spring, Texas) is right behind him in fifth with a mark of 8:29.97... O'Hare leads the conference in the triple jump with a mark of 48-4.75 (14.75m). He has the third fastest 60-meter hurdles mark (7.96) and is one of only three hurdlers to run under eight seconds in the league this year... Senior Joseph Davis (San Antonio, Texas) is second in the conference in the triple jump (47-3/14.40m) and sophomore Chuck Freeman (Arlington, Texas) is fifth with a distance of 44-11 (13.69m)... The distance-medley ran holds the second-speediest mark in the conference (10:25.99)... Wallace's first collegiate height has him in a two-way tie for third with Kansas' Kirk Cooper... Rouse has the fifth-farthest throw in the Big 12.
NCAA leaders and Provisional qualifiers
Texas has two NCAA provisional qualifiers after the first meet. This time last year, the Longhorns had one near-provisional qualifier in O'Hare in the triple jump at the NYC Gotham Cup on Jan. 13, 2007 but none until the third meet (Donovan Kilmartin, heptathlon, Roger Cox Multi's meet). UT went on to take seven to the NCAA Championships and post the highest men's team finish in school history (third place, 34 points).
2006 Leonard Hilton Memorial Recap
Senior Trey Hardee won the long jump and John Rouse took the weight throw title to lead the Texas men's track and field team to a second-place finish (64 points) at the Leonard Hilton Memorial Meet on Friday (Jan. 19). Then-sophomore Elliot O'Hare (Austin, Texas) took second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.00, after leading all advancers in the preliminary race with a time of 8.09. Second-year Longhorn Raymond Harris (Nacogdoches, Texas) and then-junior Joel Hargett (Conroe, Texas) combined to score 10 points in the high jump. Harris was third, tallying six points with a height of 6-9.75 (2.08m), while Hargett, coming off a win last weekend at the NYC Gotham Cup, was fifth after clearing 6-8 (2.03m). Distance runners Habben Berhane (Dallas, Texas) and Brandon Birdsong (Lubbock, Texas) added seven points total in the 5000-meter. Birdsong rounded the track in a time of 15:29.70 for fifth-place (four points) and Berhane completed the race in 15:31.51 (sixth place- three points).