Bubba Thornton named Big 12 Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year
DALLAS -- University of Texas men’s track and field coach Bubba Thornton has been selected by his peers as the Big 12 Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year, the league office announced this afternoon.
Now in his 11th season at Texas, Thornton collects his second Big 12 indoor coach of the year honor after leading the Longhorns to their second Big 12 indoor title last weekend at the University of Nebraska. Thornton is the only coach in Big 12 history to wrestle away the indoor conference title from Nebraska.
Texas captured its second Big 12 indoor title last weekend and its first since 1999 on the strength of four event titles and a slew of top-five finishes. Junior Donovan Kilmartin (Eagle, Idaho) broke his own meet and facility records to win the heptathlon, while sophomore Leonel Manzano (Marble Falls, Texas) won the mile for a second consecutive season. Junior Andra Manson (Brenham, Texas) captured the high jump for the third time in as many seasons.
Texas’ distance-medley relay squad of senior Dylan Wykes (Kingston, Ontario), junior Alan Bean (Dalhart, Texas), senior Tomas Finol (Spring, Texas) and Manzano also added a conference crown.
Thornton picked up his first Big 12 indoor coach of the year selection in 1999 after leading Texas to its first Big 12 indoor crown. His Longhorns co-own the top ranking in the USTFCCCA (United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association) poll with Arkansas, who hosts the NCAA Indoor Championships later this month.
DMR Headed for Last Chance Meet
The Alex Wilson Invitational is one of several “last chance meets” held around the country that give student-athletes one last opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
The Longhorns’ DMR squad will compete Friday at 7:15 p.m. CST.