Three Men's Track and Field victories highlight day two at Big 12 Championships
WACO, Texas -- Donovan Kilmartin, Andra Manson and Brian Robison all won events on the second day of the Big 12 Championships at the Hart-Patterson Complex in Waco, Texas. The Longhorns lead the competition with 50 points and will carry 11 qualifiers into the finals on Sunday, the most of any team in the competition.
"The team performed at a very high level as evidenced by how we did in the field events," said Texas men's head coach Bubba Thornton. "The team appears to be focused and are really pulling for each other. Now, we have to get a good night's rest and come out tomorrow to beat people."
Kilmartin followed up a strong performance on the first day of the decathlon with an even better second day. His score of 7,744 points was almost 300 points better than the nearest competitor. He started strong in the 110-meter hurdles (14.77) and the discus (132-11) before distancing himself from the field by scoring 988 points in the pole vault. This was Kilmartin's first outdoor conference championship and Texas' first victory in the decathlon at the conference meet since 1997.
Manson reclaimed the crown he earned in the 2004 high jump by clearing 7-5. The victory gave Manson his fifth Big 12 Championship. The Horns got seven more points from the high jump after Joel Hargett finished fifth (6-10.75) and Raymond Harris finished sixth (6-10.75).
Robison claimed his first conference championship in the discus with a career-best toss of 195-10. It is the second consecutive year that Robison has used a career best to win a conference championship after doing the same thing in the shot put last season. He will look to defend his conference shot put title on Sunday. Derek Randall added four points to the Horns total with a fifth-place finish in the discus (185-6).
Jamaal Charles and Trey Hardee led the rest of the Longhorns attack by qualifying for two finals apiece. Charles was the top qualifier in both the 100 (10.32) and 200 meters (20.89), while Hardee also qualified for the 200-meter final (21.09) and the final of the 110-meter hurdles (13.91).
Quincy Boles (10.51) and Ron Hill (10.57) also qualified for the final of the 100 meters, while Kyle Miller (3:51.41), Erik Stanley (3:49.21) and Ryan Ponsonby (3:51.82) made the final in the 1,500 meters.
In his first appearance in the 800 meters as a collegiate, Leonel Manzano, who won the 1,500 meters at last year's Championships, posted the top time of the day with a 1:49.26. Hamza Deyaf ran a 51.17 in the 400-meter hurdles to post the Longhorns final qualifier of the day.
2006 Big 12 Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships