Hayden Baillio

The No. 11 men’s track and field team will send athletes to two competitions this weekend. A selection of middle and long distance runners will head to Seattle to compete in the Husky Classic, and the rest of the team will head to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

A week after a season-best 7.73 mark and a second-place finish at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York, senior Keiron Stewart will look to earn another spot on the podium in the 60-meter hurdles at the Tyson Invitational. Stewart will compete in both the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles Friday.

Also heading to Arkansas is senior Hayden Baillio, who hopes to continue his hot streak in the shot put. In the meets he has competed in, he’s been a perfect three-for-three with first-place finishes. Baillio, Clint Harris, Blake Jakobsson and Will Spence will compete in the weight throw Friday and the shot put Saturday. 

Junior Ryan Dohner and Princeton transfer Joe Stilin headline the contingent of middle and long distance runners headed to Seattle. Both will compete in the 3,000-meter run Saturday.

The meets will both begin Friday and run through Saturday. Texas will send a total of 21 athletes to Arkansas and another 11 to Seattle.

A pair of season-best efforts by seniors Hayden Baillio and Keiron Stewart highlighted a solid performance by the Longhorn track team in the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York.

Baillio has been on fire throwing the shot put. The senior is now three-for-three with first-place finishes in the event this season and has been showing off his All-American pedigree. He posted a throw of 63 feet, seven and three-quarter inches, beating out all other competitors by more than eight inches.

Stewart clocked in at 7.73 in the 60-meter hurdles event for a second-place finish, but was outmatched by Clemson’s Spencer Adams, who blew away the competition with a time of 7.59 in the event.

Senior Jarad Bruner regressed from previous performances, but managed to finish sixth in the triple jump with a clearance of 48-0 and three-quarters. Emerson Sanders tied his season-best leap of 23-3 and one-quarter in the long jump, but finished tied for fourth.

Most of the Longhorns will compete again Friday and Saturday at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Middle and long distance runners, meanwhile, will head to Seattle for the Husky Classic. The events will be the last chance for the athletes to tune up before the Big 12 Indoor Championships held Feb. 22-23 in Iowa.

Men's Track

Texas produced rounds of gritty performances during Saturday’s competition at the Longhorn Invitational en route to winning 10 events.

Texas’ throwers have dominated the ring all season, and this time the bunch came away with titles in both the shot put and discus.

Redshirt freshman Blake Jakobsson won the discus for the first time in his career with a heave of 56.11 meters. Four Longhorns followed Jakobsson: Ryan Crouser, Will Spence, Jacob Thormaehlen and Hayden Baillio as UT swept the top five spots.

“It was really good for Blake,” head coach Bubba Thornton said. “It was a nice day. He had some personal bests but more importantly he moved up in the conference standings. Those points will become really critical in that event so it was good to see him doing the things that we asked him to do.”

Baillio followed suit with his first outdoor career win in the shot put. His throw of 19.09 meters edged Thormaehlen, who threw 19.06.

Pole vaulters Mark Thomas, Hayden Clark and Casey Wicker clenched the top three collegiate spots in the event. Thomas and Clark both posted top vaults of 5.20 meters. Thomas took the title because he was able to clear that height in fewer attempts. Wicker came in third with a vault of 5.05 meters.

“For us the biggest thing was to relax,” Thomas said. “For Hayden that was big today because he definitely qualified for NCAA Regionals. We need to relax. Our workouts, practice and our weight training are all good but we have to relax to put it all together.”

Junior Marquise Goodwin leaped 7.67 meters for the top collegiate spot in the long jump and third place overall. He also went on to win the title in the 100-meter dash, clocking in at 10.44 seconds.

C.J. Jessett also dominated the field of racers in the 1500-meter run. The junior distance competitor was able to oust teammate Patrick McGregor for the top finish with a time of 3:44.70.

In the triple jump, Texas claimed the top two collegiate spots with performances by Mark Jackson and Jarard Bruner. Jackson’s leap of 15.02 meters earned him second place overall, just over Bruner’s mark.

In the 4x100-meter relay Jackson, Goodwin, Emerson Sanders and Trevante Rhodes showcased their wheels with a winning time of 40.18.

Rhodes also ran 21.05 in the 200-meter dash.

“I am happy to be dropping time but it is not to the point where it needs to be,” Rhodes said. “The fact that we have been more diligent in execution in practice and warming up has made a difference in how we do in the races.”

Men's Track

Sophomores took over for the Longhorns over the weekend at the Penn Relays as Texas won two events in the last meet before the Big 12 Championship.

On Friday, sophomores Hayden Baillio and Marquise Goodwin led the way as each earned a victory. All-American Baillio threw a personal best 64-0 1/4 inches in the shot put as the much-improved athlete climbed up the school record books again.

Baillio’s throw, along with being second-best in the nation this season, was good enough to move him to sixth on UT’s all-time performers list.

Goodwin, another All-American, won the long jump title with a wind-aided jump of 26-3 1/2.

On the final day, the stir around the professional athletes capped off a weekend that drew more than 100,000 people throughout the five days in Philadelphia. Sophomore Patrick McGregor did his best to stand out in the crowd.

McGregor finished on top of all collegiate athletes in the mile run with a time of 4 minutes, 2.22 seconds. Overall, McGregor finished second, behind Longhorn alum Kyle Miller.

“Patrick had a great performance in the mile and unfortunately, had to finish second to a former Longhorn,” said Texas head coach Bubba Thornton.

The 1,600-meter relay team also delivered an impressive performance on Saturday. Danzell Fortson, Andre Thomas, Keiron Stewart and Isaac Murphy took home eighth place after clocking 3:06.93, the team’s fastest run of the season.

“Here is how I look at it. Marquise Goodwin jumped over 26 feet, putting him up there with some of the best jumpers in track and field history,” Thornton said. “We felt really good about the meet, and so now, we have to get back and take care of final exams before the Big 12 Championship.”

Goodwin finishes third in long jump

The Longhorns finished the indoor season with a 10th place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. This is the eighth time in the last nine years the Longhorns have finished in the top ten at the championship meet.

On Friday, Texas was represented by Hayden Baillio and Jacob Thormaehlen in the shot put. Both placed within the top ten, with Baillio placing fifth and Thormaehlen seventh.

Saturday, Keiron Stewart led the way with a fourth place finish in the 60-meter hurdlse, clocking a time of 7.68 seconds.

“We're still pleased with the outcome,” said Texas coach Bubba Thornton. “Hayden Baillio and Jacob Thormaehlen, it's quite an accomplishment from last year when they didn't make the finals to make the final. They're moving forward."

Long jumper Marquis Goodwin finished third in his event.

“Marquise couldn't make the adjustment on the board,” Thornton said. “He had several jumps that would have won it, but if they're not on the board then they just don't count.”

Florida took home the title at the end of the day, finishing with a total of 52 points. Behind the Gators were Texas A&M in second then BYU, LSU, and Florida State.

Texas now turns to the outdoor season that starts on March 25 with a tri meet against UCLA and Arkansas.

Men's Track

The ninth-ranked Longhorns send six men to College Station this Friday and Saturday for the much anticipated NCAA Indoor Championships.

The Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium will be a two-day home for upperclassmen Jamal Wilson and Jacob Thormaehlen and lowerclassmen Hayden Baillio, Marquise Goodwin, Keiron Stewart and Mark Jackson. Stewart leads the talented Longhorns. Stewart is the fastest in the nation this year in the 60-meter hurdles with a top time of 7.66 seconds.

Though some people see the Longhorns as inexperienced, they remain confident in their ability to do well.

“Throughout the season, there has been major improvement,” Baillio said. “Last year was a disappointment in both the indoor and outdoor season. We just need to do what we have done and we will be fine.”

Throughout the last eight seasons, the Longhorns have finished in the top 10 seven times, with two third-place finishes. Prior to that, Texas had recorded only two top 10 finishes since 1965.

“We are excited about everybody,” Baillio said. “We have high expectations, and if we are able to repeat our performance from this year, we will come out near the top.”

<em> NCAA.com </em> and <em> aggieathletics.com </em> will stream the championship meet live Friday and Saturday — expected start time is 10 a.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday. ESPN 3 will also stream the event live on Friday from 4 to 8:40 p.m. and on Saturday from 4 to 7:50 p.m.