Men's Track and Field preview: Last chance meets
AUSTIN, Texas -- The third-ranked Longhorns will split squads this week sending small groups to last chance meets to the Arkansas and Notre Dame last chance meets.
A trio of jumpers -- senior Trey Hardee, junior Joseph Davis and sophomore Elliot O'Hare -- will compete in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday, March 2.
Hardee (Birmingham, Ala.) is 25th on the national list with a provisional mark of 7.57-meters in the long jump. He has secured a bid to nationals in the 60-meter hurdles after clocking a 7.76 time during the preliminary race at Big 12.
O'Hare (San Antonio, Texas) provisionally qualified with a fourth-place, 15.45-meter effort at the Big 12 Championships. Davis (San Antonio, Texas) is within a centimeter of breaking the provisional barrier as he recorded a lifetime best distance of 15.39-meters at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 3.
The men's long jump begins at 4 p.m. CT while the triple jump starts at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Seniors Hamza Deyaf (Plano, Texas) and Joe Thorne (Chamblee, Ga.), and juniors Leo Manzano (Marble Falls, Texas), Jake Morse (Arlington, Texas), Erik Stanley (Spring, Texas), and Jacob Hernandez (Magnolia, Texas) will represent Texas in the middle and long distances area at the two-day Notre Dame Last Chance Meet.
Manzano enters the meet as the nation's top miler. He is the fourth fastest American (college or professional) and the ninth speediest overall in the world. Three of four legs of the second-fastest DMR in the country (Deyaf, Hernandez and Manzano) are entered in the meet.
The men's 5000-meter and the distance medley relay are scheduled for 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. on Friday, March 2. On Saturday, the 800-meter run is slated for 1:35 p.m. followed by the mile at 2:25 p.m. All times are Central.
After Nebraska made a strong comeback to tie the Longhorns for the 2007 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships, UT remains in the top four in both national polls. Trackwire Top 25 is projecting Texas to score 38 points and finish third. The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll has the Longhorns in fourth.