Three meet region standard for Men's Track and Field on day two of Texas Relays
AUSTIN, Texas -- Senior All-American Hamza Deyaf, junior John Rouse and freshman Will Paine met the NCAA region standard, and sophomore Andrew Webb met the NCAA provisional standard in the decathlon on the second day (April 5) of the 2007 80th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium.
Webb (Midland, Texas) scored a career-high 7,342 points and easily made the NCAA provisional qualifying mark (6,900 points). The All-Big 12 honoree took third place at his first Texas Relays and set personal bests or neared lifetime marks in nine events.
Webb started the second day strong, wining the 110-meter hurdles in 50.89 seconds. He netted the most points in any single event he competed in, tallying 925 points.
Webb followed that with a fifth-place toss of 131-8 (40.14m) in the discus, to pad his total by 667 points. He neared the 600-point mark with his height in the pole vault as Webb cleared 12-9.5 (3.90m) to net 390 points and 16th-place.
The second-year Longhorn ended the day with a 156-9 (47.77m) throw in the javelin for 556 points, and 4:42.05 time (8th-place and 667 points) in the 1,500-meter run.
"The first day went well and ended well," said Webb. "I either got close to my PR or had a PR all day yesterday and pretty much today, excluding the pole vault, but everything went well. I was kind of coming into it wanting to get a good provisional mark to maybe hit nationals. [I was] pretty much coming out to complete the decathlon, get a sense of how I feel, and where I am for the moment and put myself in the mode for [Big 12] conference [championships]."
Fellow decathlete Shawn Schmidt (Plano, Texas) finished with 6,320 points and 13th-place. The junior national decathlon champion had his highest finish of the day in the final event. He took second in the 1,500-meter in 4:34.48 to secure his point total and placing in the event.
After a tough start in the 110-meter hurdles, Schmidt bounced back with a lifetime best 136-11 (41.74m) throw in the discus for 700 points. He followed that with a clearance of 13-9.25 (4.20m), earning 673 points and taking 11th place. In the javelin, Schmidt's mark of 153-11 (46.91m) and netted him 556 points.
"It was a rough two days," said Schmidt, after his first college decathlon concluded. "[I] definitely had my ups and downs. I made a PR in the long jump; it was probably the high of the meet. It's still a learning experience; I'm still going.
Schmidt finished in the top 15 and scored in nine of 10 events. The lone race he did not register a point total came in the 110-meter hurdles.
"My ankle has been bothering me a little and I mis-stepped coming out of the blocks [in the 110-meter hurdles]," explained Schmidt. "I just lost focus and took myself out of the race."
Texas continued to have a strong meet as freshman Will Paine (Houston, Texas) joined the list of NCAA regional qualifiers. He equaled the region standard of 16-6.75 (5.05m) with his lifetime best height and tied for seventh place in just his second outdoor pole vault of the season.
In the running events of the evening session, senior Hamza Deyaf (Richardson, Texas) had the fourth fastest time overall (51.05) in advancing to Saturday's 400-meter hurdles. The time is his fastest of the season and is just three-tenths of a second off his lifetime best mark of 50.78.
Junior John Rouse (Kaufman, Texas) met the region standard in the hammer for the third time this season. He finished 12th in 187-10 (57.26m) and gives him his third top 10 all-time performance of the year.
The events scheduled for Friday, April 5 start with a rolling schedule at 9:30 a.m. (CT). The 4x100-meter relays start the running session while the javelin, long jump, high jump, pole vault and shot put kick off the field event session at 10 a.m. (CT).
400m Intermediate Hurdles (NCAA Reg.: 52.51)
Hammer (NCAA Reg.: 55.60m)
Pole vault (NCAA Reg.: 5.05m)
@ - NCAA automatic mark