Jacob Thormaehlen

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The Longhorns proved to be a strong presence in the field events during competition at the annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Senior Marquise Goodwin remained consistent with another win in the long jump. Goodwin won with a jump of 7.86 meters.

Jacob Thormaehlen claimed UT’s top spot in the championship division shot put with a throw of 19.6 meters for third place. Hayden Baillio finished in seventh with a mark of 18.75 and Ryan Crouser was tenth.

In the shot put college division, Will Spence won the title with a throw of 17.84 meters.

Spence and Crouser also represented Texas in the championship division of the discus throw. Crouser’s mark of 55.67 meters placed him fourth overall, while Spence finished five spots behind at ninth with a heave of 50.77.

Three Texas athletes competed in the college division of the discus throw. Freshman Blake Jakobsson was the top Longhorn among the leader board with a second place throw of 52.26 meters. Baillio finished two spots behind in fourth with a mark of 50.37. Thormaehlen’s throw of 49.10 placed him farther down the pack in 10th overall.

But Thormaehlen was able to regroup and attack the hammer throw at full force. His heave of 56.37 meters placed him third overall in the college division.

During Saturday’s 4x100-meter relay finals, Alex Williams, Goodwin, Mark Jackson and Trevante Rhodes ran the event together and came in fourth at 40.69 seconds.

While the relay group celebrated in Philadelphia, Longhorn distance runner Kevin Rayes was doing the same in San Marcos. Rayes, along with several other Texas runners, competed in the Texas State Bobcat Classic on Saturday.

In the 1500-meter run, Rayes clocked in a time of 3:56.43 seconds to win the event.

Printed on Monday, April 30, 2012 as: Goodwin leaps to another gold in long jump

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The Daily Texan sat down with senior thrower Jacob Thormaehlen to discuss his leadership role, his time at Texas, his throwing mechanics and the legacy he wants to leave at Texas.

The Daily Texan: What has it been like to be the ‘patriarch’ of the throwing group?
Jacob Thormaehlen: I’ve always been told from my dad that if I work hard, everything will fall into place. I try to teach the guys that no matter how their performances are going, if they work at it, over time they will see improvement. There’s a saying I always refer to: ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.’ The rest of the team sees how I treat my guys, as well. I push them and talk smack to them when I know they can do better.

DT: How has working with this group affected your overall experience and/or throwing career?
Thormaehlen: I wouldn’t change it for anything. The best part of my college career has been being a part of this group of guys, where we can feed off each other and make each other better. I can really attribute most of my success to them and to my teammates.

DT: What is the one aspect of your performance that you feel has been a struggle to maintain throughout the season?
Thormaehlen: I’ve always been an emotional guy and I’m finally getting to the point to where I can keep my emotional levels balanced with my intensity. My technique is good, but I need to work on the patience and not rush things when I’m in a good place during a competition.

DT: What are some small, technical improvements you are looking to make in preparation for this weekend’s Longhorn Invitational?
Thormaehlen: I want to throw over 20 meters [in shot put], and keep that consistent the rest of the season. Also, finding a way to be more patient will definitely be the key for me.

DT: How have your coaches helped you keep your intensity and motivation on the upside during your performances this year?
Thormaehlen: The one thing that I really like about [assistant head coach Mario Sategna] is that he has the same mentality as me — the hard work thing. He is never satisfied, just like me. At nationals when I [set a peronal record] and set a school record and got second, he told me, ‘It was good, but there’s a couple of things you could’ve done better and we’ll work on that.’

[Head coach Bubba Thornton] is all motivation. He is always happy and good to go. One of the main things he always says when you ask how his days is going is, ‘It’s just another day in paradise.’ It’s a good thing to have him in the background during a competition, because you know he’s hoping you do well, but there’s not so much pressure.

DT: What legacy do you hope to leave behind for the guys who will one day step up to lead the throwers?
Thormaehlen: If I had a bumper sticker it would be, ‘The Only Thing You’re Entitled To Is Your Own Opinion.’ My reasoning behind it is that I know tons of people who would give anything to be in my shoes right now. I always tell my guys to make sure that they never take their time here for granted and that they have to work hard everyday and be humble. That’s the one thing I hope to leave behind, and I hope that they pass on — that we are not entitled to anything, but we must work hard for everything that we have.

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Strong winds proved to be no match for the Longhorns’ determination as they surged ahead to claim seven titles in Saturday’s events at the Texas Invitational.

The windy conditions produced gusts reaching 20-30 mph throughout the day’s competition. But Texas simply decided to push all negative thoughts aside and power through it.

“This is exactly the kind of weather we can have at the end of the year,” said head coach Bubba Thornton. “Today will only prepare us for that. For the most part, we handled business today. There were a few mental mistakes, but that is why we have these kind of competitions — to work them out. The wind was not a positive for us but whatever the conditions are, we have to deal with them and beat people.”

Junior long jumper Marquise Goodwin started taking care of business the moment he stepped on the runway. On his first jump of the 2012 outdoor season, he leaped to a winning mark of 26-00.25 and tied for the fourth longest jump in the NCAA this season. Mark Jackson finished close behind in third with a 23-08.75, while multi-event athlete Petter Olson posted a mark of 14-11.25.

In the triple jump, Jarard Bruner finished third among the college athletes with his leap of 50-05.50.

Goodwin continued the trend with his performance in the 100-meter dash with the top collegiate time of 10.32 seconds. He was joined by five other teammates who also placed in the event. Jackson, Trevante Rhodes and Emerson Sanders clocked in at 10.34, 10.45 and 10.46 respectively. Alex Williams finished in ninth at 10.58 and freshman Aaron Scott came in 13th with 10.70.

Texas’ throwers have been reliable competitors all season, and remained consistent with their tosses on Saturday.

Senior Jacob Thormaehlen led the group with his third straight win in the shot put this season and is now the nation’s leader in the event. His second throw of 63-05.50 was enough to give him the edge and ultimately the title. After Thormaehlen, was Hayden Baillio in third and Will Spence in fourth. Blake Jakobsson competed in the event for the first time outdoors, and tossed a 49-07.25 for eighth.

Thormaehlen also finished second in the hammer throw with a heave of 187-11. Baillio posted his first mark of the outdoor season with 169-5 for seventh place. Jakobsson and Spence followed in eighth and 12th respectively.

Freshman Ryan Crouser finished as the top collegiate competitor in the discus, with mark of 182-0. Redshirt freshman Jakobsson came in next behind Crouser, posting a throw of 177-9.

Junior Maston Wallace made his outdoor debut in the pole vault and cleared 17-01.50 for the third best collegiate height and fourth place overall. Sophomore Mark Thomas cleared the same mark as Wallace and came in fifth.

The Longhorns continued to be in favor as they headed into the remainder of the running events.

Junior C.J. Jessett competed in his first 800-meter run of the year and claimed the top collegiate finish with a time of 1:51.50 seconds. Jessett was able to edge past teammate Kyle Thompson in the final strides of the race, as Thompson finished in 1:51.88 for second. Patrick McGregor, Kevin Rayes and Will Antkowiak also ran in the event, coming in fifth, ninth and 14th respectively.

Sheroid Evans made his outdoor debut in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.24 seconds. The event was Evans’ first race of the outdoor season due to an injury he received in February at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.

Dereck Dreyer ran the anchor leg of the Longhorns’ winning 4x400 meter relay. Josh Brudnick and Isaac Murphy got the team off to a strong start in the first two laps, so by the time Evans passed the baton to Dreyer the lead was theirs. The team clocked in at 3:12.54.

“I saw Texas Southern ahead of us so I was thinking that I have to catch up to them,” Dreyer said. “I was thinking that they would be running pretty fast, so my first thought was to catch up and stay behind them but then I saw that I could take the lead. I caught him and never looked back.”

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Ryan Edwards | Daily Texan Staff Keiron Stewart, left, competes in the 110-meter hurdles on Saturday at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Stewart was third in the event.

Photo Credit: Ryan Edwards | Daily Texan Staff

As dawn broke upon Saturday’s events, nerves appeared to be no match for Texas. The Longhorns placed in a number of events, capping off a successful Texas Relays.

Senior Jacob Thormaehlen clenched the Longhorns’ first shot put title since Oskar Jakobsson in 1982. In his final attempt, Thormaehlen claimed UT’s third all-time victory in the event with a heave of 64-01.00.

“It’s kind of confidence building to know that you’re ready for your last throw and you’re not worried about it,” Thormaehlen said. “Out there, I was calm, I was cool, but I wasn’t nervous. I knew it would come together. The training is there. All the workouts have been good. I had my eye on it when I found out that the last time a Longhorn shot-putter won Texas Relays was 1982. So, I was ready to wipe that off.”

Junior Hayden Baillio was able to feed off Thormaehlen’s confidence and channel that into his own performance. Baillio finished just behind his teammate for second place with a throw of 63-9. Freshman Will Spence came in sixth at 58-10.

Freshman Ryan Crouser and Blake Jakobsson represented the Longhorns in the discus throw. Despite this being his first outdoor meet of the season, Crouser claimed third place overall with a throw of 195-6. Jakobsson finished in 12th with a mark of 167-0.

Junior Keiron Stewart continued the Longhorns’ trend of success in the lanes with his third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. His time of 13.46 was much improved from his 13.75 recorded in preliminaries. Shane Brathwaite of Texas Tech finished in second at 13.43 and LSU’s Barrett Nugent won the event with a time of 13.37.

Trey Hardee, former UT decathlete and reigning world champion came in fourth place in the 110-meter invitational hurdle event.

No UT athletes competed in the 100-meter dash finals, but Florida, LSU and A&M were able to take top finishes. Senior Jeff Demps came in first for the Gators at an impressive 10.01. Aaron Ernest of LSU and Prezel Hardy Jr. of A&M followed close behind finishing in 10.15 and 10.17 respectively.

Also in the 100-meter events was UT signee Johnathan Gray of Aledo High School. The explosive running back hoped to put his wheels on display for his future Longhorn family, but things didn’t go exactly as planned. The Aledo team was late in arriving to the meet, which left Gray little time for a warm up. His time of 11.11 put him in 54th among 64 overall competitors in the event.

“I didn’t have time to stretch,” he said. “We had a three-hour drive from Aledo, then we hit Austin traffic. I was just glad to be able to run in another Texas Relays.”

In the men’s distance medley relay, Patrick McGregor, Dereck Dreyer, Kyle Thompson and CJ Jessett were able to post a second place time of 9:42.82 behind Texas A&M. Baylor came in third with a 9:44.17.

Mark Jackson, Trevante Rhodes, Emerson Sanders and Keiron Stewart raced to eighth place for the Longhorns in the 4x100-meter relay. Auburn sprinted to first place with a winning time of 38.30.

In the long jump, Sanders finished 12th with a leap of 7.03 meters and sophomore Mark Thomas cleared 5.05 meters for eleventh place in pole vault.

What was once reality just days ago is now a collection of memories for the Longhorns that competed in the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. But the outdoor season has just begun, and they now have a new focus: the upcoming Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. 

Printed on Monday, April 2, 2012 as: Throwers excel over weekend, Longhorns rack up medals.

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They’ve all dreamed of what it might feel like to be a champion. Some have lived it, while others are hungry for their first taste of gold.

This weekend will be forever etched in the minds of eight young men competing in Nampa, Idaho for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Each of these guys are equally deserving and qualified to walk away No. 1, hands down. That’s not to discredit the rising level of competition at a meet of this caliber, but being ranked among the nation’s best in their respective events doesn’t exactly impede their chances.

In the Longhorn’s throwing category alone, there are three ranked in the top five nationally. And if that doesn’t knock your socks off, the powerhouse group is led by Big 12 Freshman of the Year and school record holder Ryan Crouser, with a top throw of 66-7.

And just a stone’s throw away from Crouser are two All-Americans, senior Jacob Thormaehlen and junior Hayden Baillio. Two weeks ago Thormaehlen and Baillio threw 66-5.25 and 64-6.5 at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Both will make their third straight appearance at nationals this weekend and look to improve on their respective seventh and fifth place 2011 finishes.

Texas has a pair of outdoor national champions in pole vault and long jump hoping to continue their gold-seeking trend with this trip as well. Junior Maston Wallace won the pole vault in outdoors in 2008 and was recently crowned Big 12 Champion with a personal best jump of 17-8.5 on his final attempt. This will be the veteran vaulter’s third NCAA Indoor appearance. Junior long jumper Marquise Goodwin won the 2010 outdoor national championship, and like Wallace, he recently clinched the Big 12 title on his final leap. Goodwin’s jump of 26-7 remains the second longest in the nation this year.

In undoubtedly one of the most grueling events of the competition, Texas has two heptathletes proudly repping burnt orange out of 16 athletes expected to battle. This large competition is comprised of seven events over a two-day period. Junior Isaac Murphy and freshman Petter Olson are currently nationally ranked 11th and 12th respectively. The Sweden native is among the handful of Longhorns who were crowned Big 12 Champions, with his winning post of 5,745 points. Murphy stood directly to Olson’s left on the medal platform with a second place finish.

Another young competitor making his national debut will be freshman Kyle Thompson in the 800-meter run. His never-back-down mentality earned him a spot in the event as one of only two freshman chosen. At Big 12 Championships he clocked a time of 1:48.53 to boost himself into the 15 member pack.

At one point or another in their careers, all of these athletes have raised their horns in victory or have shaken their heads in defeat. But the mental toughness and physical fervor among this group of Longhorns will settle for nothing short of greatness.

Printed on Friday, March 9, 2012 as: Hard work garners chance at national title for Longhorns

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Texas had a very strong performance at the Razorback Invitational over the weekend, led by freshman Ryan Crouser, who broke the school indoor shot-put record with a throw of 20.29 meters.

“It feels great, and is hard to describe,” Crouser said. “I am really happy with where my season is at and I don’t think I would be throwing this well if I wasn’t at Texas. I have a great group of guys to train with and great coaches who have helped me get here.”

The previous record was held by Oskar Jakobsson, who set it in 1982. Texas took the top three spots in the shot put with Crouser taking first, and Jacob Thormaehlen coming in second with a 19.03 meters, and Hayden Baillio taking third with am 18.99 meter throw.

Marquise Goodwin proved his number one ranking in the long jump by winning Friday with a jump of 26-7.

“I went out there with a goal in mind to make the NCAA qualifying mark,” Goodwin said. “I have done really well here during indoors, qualifying last year in my first meet. My main goal is not the distance right now, but just to win and I was happy with that.”

Goodwin’s jump of 8.1 meters passed the NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 8.0 meters.

Continuing the winning trend at the meet, Maston Wallace took first place in the pole vault in his first action since 2009. He cleared a height of 5.25 meters for first place, and Mark Thomas took fifth place after clearing a height of 5.15 meters.

“It felt great and I have a feeling of gratitude,” Wallace said. “Being given the opportunity to jump here is amazing and I am thankful for it. I couldn’t have won without my teammates being there for me.”

On the track, Rory Tunningley led Texas in the 5000-meters with a personal best time of 14:25.85 with Austin Roth and Nathan Christianson taking third and fourth respectively.

Goodwin had another strong performance in the 60-meter dash, taking second with a time of 6.755. In the hurdles, Keiron Stewart posted a time of 7.80 to take second. After earning All-American honors in cross country as a freshman last semester, Craig Lutz took third place in the mile with a time of 4:08.36. Ryan Dohner finished immediately after Lutz with a time of 4:08.86 for fourth place. In the 3000 meters, Will Nation placed fourth with a time of 8:13.80.

Mark Jackson took fifth in the triple jump, and Jacob Thormaehlen placed fourth in the weight throw. Isaac Murphy and Petter Olson took fourth and fifth overall in the heptathlon.

Texas’ next meet will be at the New Balance Invitational in New York Feb. 3-4.

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.

After two grueling months with meets every weekend, the Texas men’s track and field team will put it all on the line today at the NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

After dominating the indoor season for four years, the Longhorns lost a lot of their key contributors and came into the 2010 season ranked outside the top 50. As the season progressed, the Longhorns have proven that they belonged in the title hunt, but their work was not enough to overcome the stiff Big 12 competition. The team finished in a disappointing sixth place at the conference championship last week.

“I hate to use the term ‘rebuilding’ because we’ve been very competitive all year,” coach Bubba Thornton said. “But there are certainly plenty of [freshmen] that are scoring points for our team.”

The Horns will send five athletes and a relay team to the meet. They look to extend their streak of seven consecutive top-10 finishes at the indoor national meet.

Pole vaulter Maston Wallace, shot putters Jacob Thormaehlen and Hayden Baillio, long jumper Marquise Goodwin and Keiron Stewart in the 60-meter hurdles all qualified.

Wallace will make his third appearance at the indoor national meet after finishing third as a freshman and 10th last year.

Others have not had as much experience. This marks the first appearances in a national meet for Thormaehlen and three qualifying freshmen on the team.

One team member representing the class of 2013 is Stewart, who produced a 7.95 qualifying time in the 60-meter hurdles in January but missed almost a month to deal with a hamstring injury. Back at 100 percent, Stewart clocked a 7.71 to finish fourth at the Big 12 Championships, moving him into eighth place on the national list.

The five individual athletes will be joined by the distance medley relay team of Logan Gonzales (1,200 meters), Danzell Fortson (400 meters), Tevas Everett (800 meters) and Patrick Todd (1,600 meters). The medley is just one of 11 teams that advanced to the national meet.

Being on the national stage has its perks. For the first time this season, the Horns will be broadcast live as ESPN360.com streams portions of the meet. ESPN2 will also air a 90-minute highlight show at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

What: NCAA Championships
Where: Fayetteville, Ark.
When: FRI: 10 a.m./SAT: 11 a.m.
Web: ESPN360.com
Tickets/On Air: ESPN2