Manzano sets new UT mile record at Husky Classic
AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas sophomore Leonel Manzano (Marble Falls, Texas) topped his own school record in the mile to win the 66-runner event Saturday evening at The Husky Classic in Seattle, while junior Andra Manson (Brenham, Texas) continued his dominance in the high jump on the second and final day of the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
Entering Saturday's event with a UT record time of 3:59.86 in the mile, Manzano lowered his record by over a second with a time of 3:58.84, good for an NCAA automatic-qualifying mark.
"That's especially great for Leonel, this being his first mile event of the season," Thornton said.
Manson awaited some of the nation's top collegiate competition in the Tyson Invitational's high jump university championship division, including the reigning NCAA indoor high jump champion, Jesse Williams of Southern California.
Manson reached a height of 7-4.50 (2.25m) in his first attempt, while Williams failed to clear the same height after three attempts. With the victory in hand, Manson raised the bar to 7-8 but could not clear the height after three tries.
"Andra opened the meet by clearing 7-3.50 on his first attempt, and that showed the confidence he has in his skills," Thornton said. "He's got the fire back."
A pair of Longhorns also fared well in the high jump's college division. Sophomore Joel Hargett (Conroe, Texas) took the event with a leap of 6-9.50 (2.07m), while Raymond Harris (Nacogdoches, Texas) placed seventh with a leap of 6-5.50. Sophomore Joseph Davis (San Antonio, Texas) added a third-place finish in the triple jump.
At The Husky Classic, senior Joe Thorne (Chamblee, Ga.) set a new personal best in the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:52.65, good for an NCAA provisional mark and a 13th-place finish. Junior Matt Munoz (Kingwood, Texas) added a provisional mark with an 18th-place time of 14:10.19 in the event.
Junior Alan Bean (Dalhart, Texas) contributed a personal best in the 400 meters, clocking 49.45 for a 15th-place showing.
"Our older guys are really starting to show the consistency we need to have as we head toward the conference and national championships," Thornton said. "We're still trying to find the consistency from our younger guys. We have a lot left to improve upon before our next meet."
Texas will take next weekend off before competing in the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25 at the University of Nebraska.
Tyson Invitational - Fayetteville, Ark.
High Jump - University championship division
Triple Jump - College division
Weight Throw - College division
60 Meters - Championship division
200 Meters - College division - banked track
The Husky Classic - Seattle, Wash.