Robison takes fourth in shot put at USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
INDIANAPOLIS -- University of Texas senior Brian Robison (Splendora, Texas) topped his school record, as well as a familiar nemesis, to place fourth in the shot put Friday at the 2006 AT&T USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium.
Robison, who earlier this month wrapped up his Longhorn career by nearly winning the NCAA shot put title, placed fourth in the event with a personal-best toss of 68-4.25, which tops his school record by one-half of an inch. Notably, Robison defeated the 2006 NCAA indoor and outdoor shot put champion, Florida State's Garrett Johnson, by nearly one-half of a meter. Robison's throw also topped Johnson's winning NCAA mark of 66-7. Robison was the top finisher among competitors who competed collegiately in 2006 prior to the USA Outdoor Championships.
Senior Trey Hardee (Birmingham, Ala.) got off to a quick start in the decathlon and sits in third place with 4,162 points after the first day of action. The 2005 NCAA decathlon champion began the day with a second-place 100-meter finish in 10.62. Hardee took the lead after the second event, the long jump, with a distance of 24-1.50 (7.35m). Bryan Clay, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist, took the lead after the shot put, as Hardee took ninth with a toss of 45-10.75 (13.99m).
Hardee managed a clearance of 6-1.50 (1.87m) in the high jump for seventh in the event before rebounding with a third-place showing in the 400 meters (48.15) to end the day in third place. Clay leads the competition with 4,394 points, while Tom Pappas, whose collegiate decathlon record was broken by Hardee at the 2006 Texas Relays, sits in second with 4,342 points.
Sophomore Leonel Manzano (Marble Falls, Texas) advanced to Sunday's 1,500-meter finals by taking fifth in the preliminary round in 3:42.74, good for second in his heat. The 1,500-meter finals will air during ESPN2's tape-delayed telecast beginning Sunday at 4 p.m. CDT.
ESPN2 will air live coverage from the AT&T USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. CDT. The decathlon's final event, the 1500 meters, is scheduled to air at 5:35 p.m. CDT.