Men's Track and Field sends 13 to NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
INDIANAPOLIS -- The eighth-ranked Texas men's track and field team will take 13 student-athletes to the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship in Sacramento, Calif. The four-day meet takes place from Wednesday, June 6 to Saturday, June 9 at Hornet Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State.
Three-time NCAA Midwest Region Champion Leo Manzano (Marble Falls, Texas) leads the field as he has the nation's fastest declared 1,500-meter time. Two-time NCAA national champion and senior Andra Manson (Brenham, Texas) is also among the elite athletes at the meet, as he has the country's third-highest clearance. Senior triple jumper Samyr Laine (Newburgh, N.Y.) enters the meet with the NCAA's second farthest mark.
The Longhorns scored 36 points to finish in third-place, the highest UT team finish since UT was the runner-up in 1997. It marked the first time in program history that the Longhorns placed in the top four during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Prior to that, UT's best indoor and outdoor team finish was a tie for fifth during the indoor season and third at the outdoor championship in 1986.
The top five individuals and top three relays from the NCAA region championship earn automatic berths to the NCAA Championship. The remaining competitors that finish in the top 12 at the region championship are placed in an at-large pool based on their season-best mark. The remaining qualifiers for the national meet are chosen from that pool based on season-best marks.
2007 NCAA Automatic qualifiers