AUSTIN, Texas -- The first distance-medley relay victory in nearly 60 years highlighted the final day of the 79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays for the Texas men's track and field squad Saturday at UT's Mike A. Myers Stadium. The Texas Women were named as the Most Outstanding Team in the meet's university division. The Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson women's team was selected as the meet's most outstanding high school team, and Trey Hardee from the Texas Men was selected as the meet's most outstanding athlete.
UT senior Ryan Ponsonby (Denton, Texas) and sophomores Joseph Davis (San Antonio, Texas), Kyle Miller (Katy, Texas) and Leonel Manzano (Marble Falls, Texas) clocked 9:48.56 to collect the Longhorns' first Texas Relays distance-medley relay win since 1948. Trailing after 1200 meters in the relay's final leg, Manzano left the middle of the pack, headed toward the front and stayed there to finish off the victory.
UT junior Andra Manson (Brenham, Texas) collected his third career Texas Relays high jump victory and his first as a collegiate. He cleared 7-4.50 to earn a NCAA regional mark and collect UT's first high jump victory at the Texas Relays since 2000 when school-record holder Mark Boswell claimed the event. Manson won the high jump while competing at the 2001 and 2002 Texas Relays for Brenham High School.
Texas had an opportunity to potentially capture the 4x100-meter relay, but a costly error late in the race eliminated any hopes of a Longhorns win. Freshman Jamaal Charles (Port Arthur, Texas) and senior Trey Griffin (Lockhart, Texas) failed to make a clean final exchange of the baton, allowing LSU to claim victory in 38.97.
All four UT runners in the 4x100-meter relay also participated in the 100-meter dash. Charles, Griffin and senior Quincy Boles (Harker Heights, Texas) competed in the invitational division, as Charles placed third in a wind-aided 10.18. Griffin took 11th in 10.46, while Boles placed 14th in 10.61. In the university division, Hill placed seventh in 10.46.
Senior Brian Robison (Splendora, Texas) continued a stellar final outdoor campaign, placing fourth in the shot put with a heave of 60-3.25 (18.37m). Sophomore Hamza Deyaf (Richardson, Texas) took seventh place in the 400-meter hurdles with a NCAA regional mark of 52.42, and junior Brandon McFarling (College Station, Texas) placed 12th in the pole vault with a NCAA regional-qualifying clearance of 16-6.75.
Texas returns to action on Saturday, April 22 for its third home meet, the Longhorns Invitational.
79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
1. Texas (Ponsonby, Davis, Miller, Manzano) - 9:48.56
Boles, Hill, Charles, Griffin - DNF (Dropped baton)
1. Andra Manson - 7-4.50 (2.25m)#
9. Raymond Harris - 6-10.75 (2.10m)#
11. Joel Hargett - 6-8.75 (2.05m)#
4. Brian Robison - 60-3.25 (18.37m)#
12.Brandon McFarling - 16-6.75 (5.05m)#
7. Hamza Deyaf - 52.42#
100 Meters (University)
7. Ronald Hill - 10.46w
100 Meters (Invitational)
3. Jamaal Charles - 10.18w#
11. Trey Griffin - 10.46w#
14. Quincy Boles - 10.61w