When: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 8-9, 2008
Where: New York, N.Y. (Armory)
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Longhorns men's track and field team heads to New York for the 2008 New Balance Collegiate Invitational (NBCI) at the Armory Track.
The 2007 NBCI champions face nine of the nation's top-ranked teams at one of the most competitive meets on the regular season schedule.
Teams in attendance
Texas will compete with the country's finest track and field teams. Ranked programs in attendance include: No. 1 Tennessee, No. 3 Arkansas, No. 5 BYU, No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 10 Kentucky, No. 12 LSU, No. 21 Texas A&M, No. 24 California State-Northridge, and No. 25 Princeton.
2007 New Balance Collegiate Invitational recap
At last season's New Balance meet, seventh-ranked Texas totaled 68.5 points to win the NBCI team championship. Longhorn high jumper Andra Manson (Brenham, Texas) shattered the meet record with his clearance of 7 feet, 6.5 inches (2.30m). Then-junior Leo Manzano (Marble Falls, Texas) led a trio of All-Americans to meet the NCAA provisional standard in their events. Manzano and Darren Brown (Spring, Texas) qualified in the mile while Jake Morse (Arlington, Texas) met the provisional mark in the 3,000-meter run. Joseph Davis (San Antonio, Texas) captured his second consecutive triple jump of the season.
Texas two-step jumpers
The Longhorns look to add their growing list of NCAA provisional qualifiers. Currently, two Texas high jumpers have met the NCAA provisional standard. Senior Joel Hargett (Conroe, Texas) and junior Raymond Harris (Nacogdoches, Texas) are on the national descending order list for an at-large bid to the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships from March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Longhorns' combined events competitors took center stage last week at the 2008 United Heritage Classic at Jackson Indoor Track on the campus of Boise State. Sophomore Shawn Schmidt (Plano, Texas) nearly qualified for his first NCAA Indoor National Championship, accumulating 5,256 points, just 44 shy of the NCAA provisional standard of 5,300. Teammate and newcomer Kenny Greaves (Coppell, Texas) scored 4,916 points and finished 11th in his first collegiate heptathlon.
Big 12 Individual rankings
Redshirt freshman Brandon Birdsong (Lubbock, Texas) has the third fastest time in the league (14:44.19) ... The Longhorns' relays are ranked in the top four in the conference. The distance-medley relay is second in the Big 12 with a time of 9:56.42. The 4x400-meter relay is fourth with a time of 3:11.05 ... High jumpers Hargett and Harris have the fifth-highest clearance in the league, as both met the NCAA provisional standard of 7-0.25 (2.14m) ... Freshman Maston Wallace (Houston, Texas) and sophomore Will Paine (Houston, Texas) are tied for fourth after vaulting 16-10.75 (5.15m) ... Freshman Devon Bond (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) has the fourth-farthest triple jump in the conference (49-0.25/14.94m) ... Schmidt's heptathlon score (5,256) is the third highest in the Big 12.