Men's Track and Field wins fourth Big 12 Outdoor Championship
WACO, Texas -- Brian Robison broke the school record in the shot put and won the discus to lead Texas to its fourth Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Sunday. UT won five individual events en route to its first title since 2003. The Longhorns won the event by 44.5 points after posting 135 points. Nebraska finished second with 90.50 points and Missouri was third with 79 points.
"It's been our goal all year to bring 32 guys to Waco, Texas and win the conference championship," said Texas men's head coach Bubba Thornton. "We had some great individual performances over the weekend, but it was really a team effort all around. Now, we are going to focus on the NCAA Championships, where we'll try to take as many guys as we can and compete for a national title."
For the second straight year, Robison exceeded his personal best by almost four feet to win the shot put title. His mark of 68-3.25 broke Oskar Jakobsson's school record of 67-7.50, which was set at the 1982 NCAA Championships. In addition, Robison fouled on his final attempt, but the crowd asked for a measurement and the judges roughly estimated that it traveled over 70 feet. Robison also claimed the discus championship on Saturday.
Jamaal Charles added 10 points for the Horns with a 10.23 in the 100 meters. It was Texas' third victory in the 100 meters at the Big 12 Championships and its first win since 2000. Charles was also the top qualifier in the 200 meters but with the meet in hand, he decided to scratch.
Ron Hill also scored for UT in the 100 meters, finishing third with a time of 10.47, while Quincy Boles finished seventh in 10.57. Boles, Charles and Hill, along with Trey Griffin, took second in the 4x100-meter relay in 39.65.
The Longhorns scored 11 points in the 1,500 meters behind a fourth-place finish from Kyle Miller (3:51.41), a fifth-place from Erik Stanley (3:49.21) and a seventh-place finish from Ryan Ponsonby (3:51.82). UT also had three runners score in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with Jake Morse taking second (8:48.95), Mark Floreani finishg third (8:49.79) and Ryan Wilson placing eighth (9:09.90).
Trey Hardee, who leads the nation in the decathlon, competed in four open events for the Horns. He managed sixth-place finishes in both the 110-meter hurdles (13.98) and the 200 meters (21.09). He also finished 10th in the javelin and 11th in the long jump.
2006 Big 12 Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships
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