March 6, 2013
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Texas Heads to NCAA Indoor Championships: The Men’s Track and Field team, which is No. 17 in this week’s USTFCCCA computer rankings, will head to the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday. Arkansas will serve as the host institution with the two-day meet taking place at the Randal Tyson Track Center. There are four Longhorns making the trip to Fayetteville, Ark. Hayden Baillio (shot put) will make his fourth, and final, appearance, while Keiron Stewart will make his third trip to NCAA indoors in the 60-meter hurdles, an event in which he holds the school record. Freshman Johannes Hock will be making his first appearance at an NCAA meet after capturing the heptathlon title at last month’s Big 12 Championships. Joe Stilin, a senior transfer in his first year with the program, will compete in the mile.
Follow the Action: For meet information on the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, click here. To follow the live results, click here. ESPN3 will stream the meet live from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST Friday and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. A tape delay of the championship will air Sunday, March 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. on ESPNU.
Texas’ NCAA Indoor History: The Texas men’s track and field team has posted five top five finishes in its history, including program-best third-place showings in both 2007 and 2008. The Longhorns have also finished fourth (2004 and 2006) and fifth (1999) in head coach Bubba Thornton’s 18-year tenure. Under Thornton, Texas has finished in the top 15 at the NCAA Indoor meet 14 times. Prior to Thornton’s arrival in 1996, Texas finished higher than 12th just once (tied for fifth in 1986) at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
FINAL THROWS: Senior Hayden Baillio is no stranger to the NCAA Championships. He has competed in the indoor shot put on three occasions, finishing 11th in 2010 (59-0.75/18.00m), fifth in 2011 (62-8.50/19.11m) and 10th last season (61-9.75 (18.84m). The three-time first team All-American will take the final throws of his indoor collegiate career this weekend. He enters the competition with wins in each of his five shot-put events this season. Baillio’s season-best toss of 64-5 (19.63m) captured the Big 12 Indoor title two weeks ago. It was the first league crown for Baillio who ranks seventh on the 2013 national performance list. He ranks No. 5 on the Texas all-time performers list with a career-best toss of 64-6 1/2 at the 2012 Big 12 Championships.
Stewart Solid Out of the Gate: Hurdler Keiron Stewart has had an impressive 2013 campaign. The senior was named Big 12 Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 16, his first weekend of competition, and has not looked back. Stewart ranks fifth nationally after posting a time of 7.66 in the 60-meter hurdles championship at February’s Tyson Invitational. The time matched Stewart’s own school record which he set in winning the 2011 Big 12 title. Stewart claimed his second Big 12 indoor hurdles crown two weeks ago when he cruised to the victory by posting a time of 7.72 in the final. He owns eight of the top eleven 60mh times in UT history. Stewart did not reach the 2012 NCAA Indoor meet, but finished fourth in 2011 when he clocked a 7.68 (tied for fourth in school history) in the finals. As a freshman in 2010, he did not advance out the prelims.
Stilin’s Record-Setting First Year: Senior Joe Stilin set school records in the mile and 3,000 meters this season. Stilin’s time of 3:58.66 at the Razorback Team Invitational on Jan. 26 broke Leo Manzano’s mark of 3:58.78 that stood since 2007. A first-year graduate transfer from Princeton, Stilin went on to claim the Texas record in the 3,000m with a time of 7:56.06 at the Husky Classic (Feb. 9). Stilin will take part in Friday’s mile prelim after his time ranked No. 16 on the national performance list. This is his second time advancing to the NCAAs. Stilin reached the 2012 NCAA Outdoor meet in the 5,000 where he finished 14th in the prelims.
Jumping on the National Scene: Johannes Hock hasn’t been dressed in Burnt Orange for long, but has been impressive during his short stint. The freshman, who joined the team in January, jumped onto the national scene at last month’s Big 12 meet by claiming the heptathlon title with the fifth-best mark (5,858) in the country this season. He dominated the two-day meet in Ames, Iowa, leading from start to finish and posting the top mark in four of the seven events. The freshman’s point total of 5,858 ranks 10th on the Texas all-time performance list, which includes Olympian Trey Hardee and three-time NCAA heptathlon champion Donovan Kilmartin.
TEXAS ENTRIES - NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (All times Central)
Fayetteville, Ark. • Randal Tyson Track CenterFriday, March 8
• Heptathlon (10 a.m.): Johannes Hock
• Shot Put (3 p.m.): Hayden Baillio
• Mile Semis (5:45 p.m.): Joe Stilin
• 60-Meter Hurdles Semis (6:15 p.m.): Keiron StewartSaturday, March 9
• Heptathlon (11 a.m.): Johannes Hock
• Mile Final (6:10 p.m.):
• 60-Meter Hurdles Final (6:30 p.m.):