Men's Track and Field attains one automatic qualifier, three provisional marks on final day of Tyson Invitational
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Senior Andra Manson (Brenham, Texas) cleared 7-7.75 (2.33m) to tie the UT school and Randal Tyson Track and Field Center records while the men's distance medley relay team beat defending National Champion Arkansas and provisionally qualified at the site of the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Head coach Bubba Thornton's sixth-ranked Longhorn team came home with one automatic qualifier and three provisional qualifiers on day two (Feb. 10) of the Tyson Invitational, to add to the one provisional qualifier from yesterday's competition (Darren Brown).
"I think we left the meet with the confidence to train hard through the next two weeks and represent Texas at the Big 12 Championship like we expect to," said UT head coach Bubba Thornton. "We are looking forward to the league meet next weekend because the conference overall is strong and there will be good competition this year. We like what we have worked towards so far and are excited for our next opportunity on the track."
Manson, who was tied for the national lead in the high jump, cleared 2.33-meters on his first attempt. Manson registered two misses through six heights, excluding his tries at 2.36-meters.
The five-time All-American tied Texas ex Mark Boswell for the all-time highest clearance by a UT student-athlete. Boswell attained the school and facility records, ironically at the Randal Tyson Track and Field Center, in winning the 2000 NCAA Championships.
UT's DMR finished ahead of second-place Oklahoma by six seconds, and host school and 2006 DMR National Champion Arkansas by nearly 11 seconds.
Senior Darren Brown (Spring, Texas) led off the provisionally qualifying and event winning DMR. He exchanged with fellow senior Hamza Deyaf (Richardson, Texas) who handed off to junior Jacob Hernandez (Magnolia, Texas). All-American and National Champion mid-distance runner Leo Manzano (Marble Falls, Texas) anchored the relay to gold.
The distance group continued to shine as junior All-American Jake Morse (Arlington, Texas) provisionally qualified in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:00.43. Morse reset his personal best, maintained his place as second on the all-time performers' list and added a third mark to the top five performances' list.
Junior Joseph Davis (San Antonio, Texas) won the triple jump college section with his second-farthest distance of the season -- 50-3.5 (15.33m).
Senior heptathlete Donovan Kilmartin (Eagle, Idaho) cleared a final bar of 17-00.75 (5.20m) in taking ninth overall in the open pole vault.
Other finishes: Sophomore Will Schroeder (San Antonio, Texas) finished 14th in the 800-meter with a season-best time of 1:56.11... Freshman Shawn Schmidt (Plano, Texas) finished in 10th place in the college high jump section with a clearance of 6-5.5 while sophomore Andrew Webb (Midland, Texas) was 13th with a final mark of 6-3.5 (1.92m)... Junior thrower John Rouse (Kaufman, Texas) took 13th in the 35-lb. weight throw with a distance of 57-4.25 (17.48m).
TYSON INVITATIONAL DAY TWO RESULTS
Distance Medley Relay (A: 9:34/P: 9:45.70)
Triple Jump College (A: 16.10m/ P: 15.40m)
Weight Throw College (A: 21.50m/P: 19.50m)
Pole Vault Championship (A: 5.50m/P: 5.20m)
@ - NCAA automatic mark