Munoz finishes second in 10,000 meters to kick off Big 12 Championships
WACO, Texas -- Junior Matt Munoz scored eight points for Texas by finishing second in the 10,000 meters (30:30.28) as competition opened at the Big 12 Championships at the Hart-Patterson Complex in Waco, Texas on Friday. Senior John Rainbolt added two points with a seventh-place finish in the event, giving UT 10 points heading into the second day of competition. Currently, Missouri leads the Championships with 22 points with only two events scored.
"It's great to have some points on the board after the first day," said Texas men's track and field head coach Bubba Thornton. "I thought the guys in 10,000 meters did a great job and hopefully, that momentum will carry on throughout the rest of the meet."
Texas junior Donovan Kilmartin posted 3,995 points after the first day of the decathlon. He finished second in the decathlon's 100 meters (10.99), long jump (23-8.75) and shot put (47-2.50). He notched a collegiate best in the shot put and bested his previous PR in the 400 meters by almost .7 seconds with a 50.76 to finish sixth overall in the event.
"What Donovan Kilmartin did today was really impressive," added Thornton. "He's had his mind on finals all week. He finished a test late last night and got here late and was still able to go out and perform."
Redshirt freshman Dustin Bynum finished the decathlon's first day in 14th place with a score of 3,171 points. His best effort came in the 400 meters where he finished ninth overall in a personal-best time of 52.13.
Sophomore John Rouse competed in the hammer throw but was unable to establish a mark in three attempts.
Competition will continue on Saturday, May 12 as the second half of the decathlon kicks off at 11 a.m.
2006 Big 12 Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships