AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Men’s Track and Field team began the 2011 outdoor campaign with a team victory at the Texas-Arkansas-UCLA tri meet. The Longhorns totaled 149 points, while UCLA scored 145 points and Arkansas tallied 106.
Sophomore Keiron Stewart broke the 15-year-old school record in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking a nation-leading 13.44 to win the event. The previous record was set by Derek Spears at the 1996 NCAA Championships. After setting the 60-meter hurdles record in the indoor season, Stewart holds the UT indoor and outdoor short hurdles records. Stewart also posted a second-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles, crossing in 52.12, while wrapping up the meet running the third leg of Texas’ winning 4x400m relay.
In the open 400m, senior Andre Thomas won the title in 46.84 and also ran a leg of the mile-relay along with Dereck Dreyer, Isaac Murphy and Stewart.
Sophomore Hayden Baillio, junior Jacob Thormaehlen and senior Brandon Drenon went 1-2-3 in the shot put. Baillio threw 60-3.75 (18.38m), Thormaehlen posted a mark of 60-1 (18.31m) and Drenon tossed 58-1.25 (17.71m).
The trio also competed in the discus with Drenon taking first (184-3, 56.16m), Thormaehlen finishing fifth (159-1, 48.48m) and Baillio in seventh (151-11, 46.30m). In the hammer throw, Thormaehlen placed second (187-6/57.16m) and Baillio took fourth (157-3/47.92m). Both throws are personal bests.
Freshman Mark Jackson won the triple jump with a leap of 52-6 (16.00m). Jamal Wilson placed third with a mark of 51-5.75 (15.69m) and Jarard Bruner took fifth, leaping 48-4.50 (14.74m).
In the 200 meters, Trevante Rhodes took first place, clocking a wind-aided 20.77, while Emerson Sanders came in sixth (22.05). Rhodes also took second place in the 100 meters, running a personal-best time of 10.33.
The Longhorns 4×100-meter relay of Williams, Rhodes, Goodwin and Monroe clocked 40.02 to finish third. The time is the best by a Longhorn 400-meter relay since 2006.
Senior Jamal Wilson claimed the victory in the high jump with a clearance of 7-0.50 (2.15m), while senior Kenny Greaves took second in the pole vault (16-10.75, 5.15m).
In the 1,500m, senior Logan Gonzales finished second, running a personal best 3:49.27.Freshman Ryan Dohner came in fourth, clocking 3:52.68 and C.J. Jessett finished eighth in 4:14.70.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Longhorns finished second through fifth with Austin Roth (9:26.34), Bradley Lowry (9:29.78), Leon Dean (9:35.83) and Collin Smith (9:37.26). Brian Rhodes-Devey finished seventh and Kirk Wilkinson was eighth.
Next for the Longhorns are the 84th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays April 6-9 in Austin at Myers Stadium.