MIAMI -- After placing fourth at last weekend's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Texas kicked off its outdoor season with four wins and seven NCAA regional-qualifying marks Saturday at the Hurricane Invitational at the University of Miami.
Senior Ryan Ponsonby (Denton, Texas) headlined Texas' initial outdoor meet of the season by setting a new Hurricane Invitational record in the 800 meters, clocking 1:50.51 to capture the event. Sophomore Hamza Deyaf (Richardson, Texas) claimed the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.50, good for a NCAA regional-qualifying mark.
Texas sent two quartets into the 4X100-meter relays, placing first and fourth. Texas' 'A' relay squad of senior Quincy Boles (Harker Heights, Texas), senior Trey Griffin (Lockhart, Texas), junior Andra Manson (Brenham, Texas) and senior Ronald Hill (Walnut, Calif.) clocked 39.99 for first place and a NCAA regional-qualifying mark. Senior Brian Beach (Roanoke, Texas), freshman Trevor Gerland (Katy, Texas), sophomore De'Shun Bayne (Fort Worth, Texas) and freshman Elliot O'Hare (Austin, Texas) took fourth in 41.31.
Sophomore Joel Hargett (Conroe, Texas) added a personal best in the high jump with a clearance of 6-10.75, good for first place and a NCAA regional-qualifying mark. Freshman Raymond Harris (Nacogdoches, Texas) placed fourth with a mark of 6-8.75.
Sophomore John Rouse (Kaufman, Texas) registered a NCAA regional-qualifying mark and a personal best in the hammer throw with a toss of 183-4.75. Freshman Derek Randall added a second-place finish and a NCAA regional-qualifying mark in the discus with a toss of 185-8.50.
Texas registered an impressive number of top-five showings in its first outdoor meet. Junior Brandon McFarling (College Station, Texas) and senior Drew Terry (Austin, Texas) took second in the pole vault with clearances of 15-7.00. Sophomore Joseph Davis (San Antonio, Texas) took fourth in the triple jump at 46-11.75, while O'Hare placed fifth at 46-7.50.
Senior Brian Robison (Splendora, Texas) took second in the shot put with a NCAA regional-qualifying distance of 61-3.50 before adding a third-place showing in the discus at 178-3.75, good for another NCAA regional mark. Freshman Dustin Bynum (Corpus Christi, Texas) took second in the javelin with a mark of 194-11.75.
Brian Beach added a personal best in the 100 meters with a time of 10.95, good for sixth place.
Texas returns to action next Saturday, March 25 when it hosts the Texas Invitational at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the UT campus.
Hurricane Invitational - Miami, Fla.
! - personal best; # - NCAA regional mark; mr - Meet record
6. Brian Beach - 10.95
12. De'Shun Bayne - 11.25
1. Ryan Ponsonby - 1:50.51mr
8. Luke Hansen - 1:54.92
10. John Arnold - 1:56.00
13. Matt Munoz - 1:56.42
17. Mark Floreani - 1:57.46
19. Ryan Wilson - 1:58.97!
2. Matt Munoz - 3:52.40
3. Mark Floreani - 3:56.86
5. Ryan Wilson - 3:58.65
14. John Rainbolt - 4:02.72
17. Tomas Finol - 4:04.03
19. John Arnold - 4:05.52
6. Elliot O'Hare - 14.52
7. Trevor Gerland - 14.61
17. Dustin Bynum - 16.69
1. Hamza Deyaf - 52.50#
4. Alan Bean - 54.18
1. Texas A (Boles, Griffin, Manson, Hill) - 39.99#
4. Texas B (Beach, Gerland, Bayne, O'Hare) - 41.31
1. Joel Hargett - 6-10.75#!
4. Raymond Harris - 6-8.75
2. Brandon McFarling - 15-7
2. Drew Terry - 15-7
Dustin Bynum - NH
8. Dustin Bynum - 21-6.75
4. Joseph Davis - 46-11.75
5. Elliot O'Hare - 46-7.50
2. Brian Robison - 61-3.50 (18.68m)#
2. Derek Randall - 185-8.50 (56.60m)#
3. Brian Robison - 178-3.75#
15. Donovan Kilmartin - 128-3.50
3.John Rouse - 183-4.75!#
2. Dustin Bynum - 194-11.75
9. Donovan Kilmartin - 163-2.75