FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- University of Texas senior Trey Hardee (Birmingham, Ala.) won the first two events to seize the early lead in the heptathlon after day one of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Texas currently sits in 14th place with points after getting points from seniors Brian Robison (Splendora, Texas), Ronald Hill (Walnut, Calif.) and the distance-medley relay squad.
Hardee leads the heptathlon after beginning day one by capturing the 60 meters in a personal-best time of 6.71, good for 988 points to seize the early lead. Hardee took the next event, the long jump, with a distance of 25-0.75 for 970 points.
Adding 774 points in the shot put with a heave of 48-4.75, Hardee solidified his lead with a second-place showing. Hardee added a second-place clearance of 6-6.75 in the high jump for 803 points, ending the first day of competition with 3,535 points. On his way to his NCAA record-setting performance in January at the New Mexico Multi-Events Meet, Hardee collected 3,477 points.
Junior Donovan Kilmartin (Eagle, Idaho) sits in second place 3,365 points. Kilmartin tied for first in the high jump with a clearance of 6-9 for 859 points. He posted a personal-best distance in the long jump at 24-9.75 for 950 points. Kilmartin added a fourth-place showing in the 60 meters (7.13) and a seventh-place finish in the shot put (45-5).
Robison collected his first NCAA indoor All-America honor by placing sixth in the shot put with a heave of 61-6.75 (18.76m), adding three points to the Texas tally. Hardee added two points for the UT men, while senior Ronald Hill (Walnut, Calif.) contributed one point, as the duo placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the long jump. Hardee took seventh with a distance of 25-5.25, a personal best, while Hill registered a mark of 25-0.
UT's distance-medley relay squad added two points by placing seventh. Junior Darren Brown (Spring, Texas) and sophomores Joseph Davis (San Antonio, Texas), Kyle Miller (Katy, Texas) and Jake Morse (Arlington, Texas) completed the event in 9:40.71.
Two of Texas' three entries in the 60 meters advanced to Saturday's finals. Freshman Jamaal Charles (Port Arthur, Texas) and senior Trey Griffin (Lockhart, Texas) clinched All-America honors in the event, as Charles clocked 6.65 for a new personal best, while Griffin advanced with a time of 6.67.
Sophomore Leonel Manzano (Marble Falls, Texas) will have an opportunity to improve upon his 10th-place finish in the mile at the 2005 NCAA Indoors after qualifying for Saturday's final in the mile. Manzano took sixth in the preliminary round in 4:03.03.
The final day of the NCAA Indoor Championships begins Saturday at 11 a.m. with the completion of the men's heptathlon. Junior Andra Manson (Brenham, Texas) will join Texas' day-one finalists in Saturday's competition when he competes in the high jump.
Texas Men's Results
1. Trey Hardee - 3535
2. Donovan Kilmartin - 3365
60 Meters (Hept.)
1. Trey Hardee - 6.71
4. Donovan Kilmartin - 7.13
Long Jump (Hept.)
1. Trey Hardee - 25-0.75
2. Donovan Kilmartin - 24-9.75
Shot Put (Hept.)
2. Trey Hardee - 48-4.75 (14.75m)
7. Donovan Kilmartin - 45-5 (13.84m)
High Jump (Hept.)
T1. Donovan Kilmartin - 6-9 (2.06m)
2. Trey Hardee - 6-6.75 (2.00m)
60 Meters (Preliminaries)
4. Jamaal Charles - 6.65
7. Trey Griffin - 6.67
12. Quincy Boles - 6.73
6. Leonel Manzano - 4:03.03
Distance Medley Relay (Final)
7. Texas (D. Brown, J. Davis, K. Miller, J. Morse) - 9:40.71
Long Jump - (Final)
7. Trey Hardee - 7.75m
8. Ronald Hill - 7.62m
Shot Put - Final
7. Brian Robison - 18.76m