Men's Track and Field moves up to No. 8 in latest poll
Feb. 15, 2011
The Texas men's track and field team is ranked No. 8 in the latest USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings. This marks the first time since 2009 that the Longhorn men have been ranked in the NCAA top 10.
The team's efforts are led by NCAA automatic qualifiers Marquise Goodwin in the long jump (26-8.50) and Keiron Stewart in the 60-meter hurdles (7.68). Both currently lead the nation in their events. Senior Jamal Wilson also achieved an NCAA automatic qualifying mark as he currently sits tied for sixth nationally in the high jump with a clearance of 7-4.25 (2.24m).
Texas athletes are among the nation's best in a number of other events, as well. Freshman Mark Jackson currently ranks 10th nationally in the triple jump with a mark of 52-5.25 (15.98m) and senior Danzell Fortson boasts the nation's 19th-best 400-meter time after clocking 46.75 at the Don Kirby Invitational.
The Longhorns are also home to two of the top heptathletes in the country. Kenny Greaves and Isaac Murphy have both posted greater than 5,500 points on the year ranking them 14th and 18th, respectively. Greaves has also cleared 17-1.50 (5.22m) in the high jump placing him 22nd nationally.
In the shot put, Texas has three of the nation's top 21 throwers. Sophomore Hayden Baillio ranks 12th with a throw of 61-5.75 (18.74m), junior Jacob Thormaehlen is 14th with a mark of 60-5.25 (18.42) and senior Brandon Drenon currently ranks 21st with a throw of 59-4.75 (18.10m).
In the distance events, sophomore Patrick McGregor ranks 21st in the mile after clocking a personal-best time of 4:00.85 at the Husky Classic.
The No. 8 Longhorns have the weekend off before heading to the Big 12 Indoor Championships Friday, Feb. 25 through Saturday, Feb. 26 in Lincoln, Neb.