NORMAN, Okla. -- Led by junior Quincy Boles (Harker Heights, Texas), the Texas men's track and field team advanced five athletes and a relay to the NCAA Championships as competition concluded at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday. Texas scored 50 points to tie for third place with Kansas. Nebraska won the regional with 92.5 points followed by Texas Tech at 85.50 points. Individually, athletes who finished in the top five of each event automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships.
"I'm really proud of our guys," said Texas men's head coach Bubba Thornton. "There were a bunch of guys who came up with great performances and I think we still have some good ones ahead of us."
Boles advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 100 meters after finishing fourth in 10.47 and anchored the 4x100-meter relay team to its second consecutive season-best time (39.44) in placing third. Juniors Michael Huff (Irving, Texas) and Ronald Hill (Walnut, Calif.) and freshman De'Shun Bayne (Fort Worth, Texas) were the other members of the 4x100-meter relay.
The Longhorns had two qualifiers in the 1,500 meters and a possible third as an at-large bid. Freshman Leonel Manzano (Marble Falls, Texas) won the event in 3:44.93 after posting the fastest-qualifying time on Friday. Freshman Kyle Miller (Katy, Texas) finished fourth in a personal-best 3:45.58. Senior Ryan Ponsonby (Denton, Texas) came in sixth with a time of 3:45.79, but will receive strong consideration for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships.
Freshman Hamza Deyaf (Plano, Texas) used his second consecutive personal-best time in the 400-meter hurdles to place fourth and advance to the national meet. He followed up a 50.89 on Friday with a 50.78 during the finals on Saturday. Junior Jeff Cutrer (Nederland, Texas) finished sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and will likely receive an at-large bid to the national meet.
Junior Brian Robison (Splendora, Texas) finished third in the shot put on Friday to qualify for the national meet. Sophomore Andra Manson (Brenham, Texas) failed to automatically qualify for the national meet after finishing seventh in the high jump, but due to his standing on the national list, he will likely receive one of the at-large bids to the NCAA Championships.
Next up, Texas will travel to Sacramento, Calif. for the NCAA Championships on June 8-11.
4. Quincy Boles^, 10.47
-- Quincy Boles*, 10.51 (p)
1. Leonel Manzano^, 3:44.93
4. Kyle Miller^, 3:45.58 (personal best)
6. Ryan Ponsonby, 3:45.79
-- Leonel Manzano*, 3:46.37 (p) (top qualifier)
-- Ryan Ponsonby*, 3:47.08 (p)
-- Kyle Miller*, 3:47.16 (p)
-- Matt Caterisano, 3:51.52 (p)
6. Jeff Cutrer, 9:00.69
10. Jake Morse, 9:04.44
12. Charles Hampton, 9:11.30
20. Zach Zeller, 9:28.57
7. Joe Thorne, 14:14.56
14. Matt Munoz, 14:34.05
18. Erik Stanley, 14:47.03
4. Hamza Deyaf^, 50.78 (personal best)
-- Hamza Deyaf*, 50.89 (p)
-- Alan Bean, 51.83 (p)
3. Texas^ (M. Huff, D. Bayne, R. Hill, Q. Boles), 39.44 (season best)
-- Texas* (M. Huff, D. Bayne, R. Hill, Q. Boles), 39.67 (p)
6. Nick Talley, 6-11 (2.11m) (no failed attempts)
7. Andra Manson, 6-11 (2.11m) (one failed attempt)
13. Ronald Hill, 23-5.50 (7.15m)
19. Donovan Kilmartin, 22-9.75 (6.95m)
9. Joseph Davis, 49-1.75 (14.98m)
T9. Donovan Kilmartin, 17-1 (5.21m) (one failed attempt)
T15. Brandon Mahler, 16-7.25 (5.06m) (no failed attempts)
T15. Brandon McFarling, 16-7.25 (5.06m) (no failed attempts)
3. Brian Robison^, 61-2 (18.64m)
12. Brian Robison, 168-2 (51.26m)
* qualified for final on Saturday, May 28
^ qualified for NCAA Championships