No. 11 Men's Track and Field heads to Armory Collegiate Invitational
Jan. 30, 2013
The Men's Track and Field team will send 14 competitors to New York this weekend for the Armory Collegiate Invitational, a meet that features individuals from some of the nation's top programs.
In addition to No. 11 Texas, team members from No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 Oregon, No. 6 LSU, No. 15 Mississippi State, No. 19 BYU, No. 20 Stanford and No. 22 Oklahoma will make the trek to the Northeast.
The two-day event gets underway Friday morning at The Armory, which is the home of the 12-year-old meet.
The Longhorns, who have seven times/marks that rank among the top 10 in the nation, are looking to build upon the success of their first two meets of 2013, the Arkansas Dual and the Razorback Team Invitational.
In the season-opening dual meet in Fayetteville, Ark., Texas turned in 23 top-three finishes and seven event titles. Senior Keiron Stewart was selected as the Big 12 Athlete of the Week after wining the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.74, which ranks sixth on the 2013 NCAA indoor performance list. He also came in second in the 60m with a personal-best 6.80.
Last weekend at the Razorback Invite, newcomer Joe Stilin broke a 6-year-old school record in the mile, racing to a personal-best time of 3:58.66. The time broke Leo Manzano's record (3:58.78) and is the sixth-best mark in the nation this season.
"We knew that kind of performance was there for Joe, it was a matter of giving him an opportunity," said head coach Bubba Thornton. "He was really excited yesterday when we looked at the record board in the field house and saw his name up there."
The Longhorn throwers have been impressive in the opening meets of the season as senior Hayden Baillio improved his personal best in the weight throw with a mark of 56-6.50 (17.23m) at the Arkansas Dual meet. Junior Blake Jakobsson posted a career-best toss of 55-11.75(17.06m) in the weight throw at the same event.
"We are a little further along than we were last year, and we are excited about that," said Thornton of the throwers. "We are anxious for Baillio, Jakobsson, and Spence to show consistency there even though they looked good the first couple of times out."
In addition to the throwers getting additional competition, the Longhorns will take this weekend's meet as an opportunity for the jumpers to improve, says Thornton.
"Jarad is sitting second in the Big 12 in the triple jump," said Thornton. "I think he will be very competitive in the triple and maybe the long jump this season. Victor did not jump as well as expected last week, but he is looking better. Emerson only had one jump but it put him in the top five in the conference. We are hoping to get his confidence back; if we do it will be a great season."
Freshman Johannes Hock, a native of Germany who joined the team this semester, will make his first jump of the season. He will compete in the long jump, 400m, and 60m hurdles as part of his multi-event training.
"We were really excited for Johannes in the events he competed in, he looks like he will be a challenger in the heptathlon," said Thornton.
TEXAS ENTRIES- ARMORY COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL (All times Central)