Joe Stilin

Men's Track and Field sends four to NCAA Indoor Championships

The NCAA Indoor Championships gathers the best and brightest athletes in the college track and field circuit on one track. Within the group of talented individuals competing this year will be four Longhorns, ready and waiting for their shot at an individual national championship.

The group that will head to Fayetteville, Ark. for Friday and Saturday’s meet is made up of a trio of seniors — thrower Hayden Baillio, long distance runner Joe Stilin and hurdler Keiron Stewart — and freshman debutant Johnannes Hock.  All come off of solid indoor seasons and have a chance to prove themselves as the best in the country after testing their formidableness at the Big 12 meet.

Stewart, Hock, and Baillio easily outmatched their competitors in Iowa, winning Big 12 titles in respective events and will hope to do just as well against top-notch competition in Arkansas.  Their nerves shouldn’t be frayed as Stewart and Baillio are marking their third and fourth  appearances at the meet.

Hock, who hails from Germany, will make his first NCAA appearance after a dominant first place finish in the heptathlon at the Big 12 meet. He has grown well in a short time after joining the team in January.

Stilin, another new face to team, will mark his second NCAA meet, but first in burnt orange. The Princeton transfer has already become an integral part of the team and is now part of Texas’ record books, holding the school’s top marks in the 3,000 meters and the mile.

The NCAA Indoor Championships gathers the best and brightest athletes in the college track and field circuit on one track. Within the group of talented individuals competing this year will be four Longhorns, ready and waiting for their shot at an individual national championship.

The group that will head to Fayetteville, Ark., for Friday and Saturday’s meet is made up of a trio of seniors — thrower Hayden Baillio, long distance runner Joe Stilin and hurdler Keiron Stewart — and freshman Johannes Hock. All come off solid indoor seasons and have a chance to prove themselves as the best in the country after testing their formidableness at the Big 12 meet.

Stewart, Hock and Baillio easily outmatched their competitors in Iowa, winning Big 12 titles in respective events and will hope to do just as well against top-notch competition in Arkansas. Their nerves shouldn’t be frayed as Baillio and Stewart are marking their third and fourth appearances at the meet.

Hock, who hails from Germany, will make his first NCAA appearance after a dominant first-place finish in the heptathlon at the Big 12 meet. He has grown well in a short time after joining the team in January.

Stilin, another new face to the team, will mark his second NCAA meet, but first in a Texas uniform. The Princeton transfer has already become an integral part of the team and is now part of Texas’ record books, holding the school’s top marks in the 3,000 meters and the mile.

With the Big 12 Indoor Championships in sight, the No. 11 ranked Longhorns have been preforming strong. A number of individuals set personal bests Friday and Saturday as the team competed on two fronts — the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. and the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.

Senior Keiron Stewart matched the school record of 7.66, set at the 2011 Big 12 meet, in the 60-meter hurdles at the Tyson Invitational. A tough field, consisting of four of the top six hurdlers, landed him in second place. Now with the fourth-best time in the country, Stewart is in a good position to stay in the top 16 times for the event and once again compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Long distance runners Joe Stilin (7:56.07) and Ryan Dohner (7:58.80) also had Longhorn record-keepers on alert after posting the top two 3,000-meter times in school history in Seattle. Stilin now has two UT records on his resume, after breaking the mile record two weeks ago.

Hayden Baillio stayed hot and once again won the shot put in Arkansas. His 61-foot throw was short of his season-best mark last week, but he has been dominant, winning the event for the fourth time this season.

Other notable finishes in Arkansas include third-place finishes from Mark Pinales in the 3,000 and Jarard Bruner in the triple jump. Reese Watson also finished second in the pole vault.

“We had a lot of guys with personal bests, but we don’t want to be satisfied,” head coach Bubba Thornton said. “We had two good meets. Now we have 10 days to get ready for the conference meet.”

The Big 12 Indoor Championships are scheduled for Feb. 22-23 in Ames, Iowa.

Men's Track and Field

No. 11 Texas placed fifth, scoring 58.5 points, at the Razorback Team Invitational this past weekend.

Although they didn’t finish on top as hoped, the Longhorns came back from Arkansas with many notable performances.

“We had a good weekend,” head coach Bubba Thornton said of his team’s appearance in Fayetteville. “Good things happened across the board, but we’re not satisfied. We know there’s lots of room for improvement.”

Senior Joe Stilin broke the school record in the mile race event with a fourth place finish. Olympian Leo Manzano held the previous record for the Longhorns with a time of 3:58.78, but Stilin was able to make his mark in his first season at Texas with a mile time of 3:58.66, while adding five points to Texas’ scorecard.

Senior Keiron Stewart contributed six points to Texas’ count with his third place finish in the 60-meters hurdles, earning a time of 7.85.

Junior transfer Clint Harris also earned six points for the Longhorns in the weight throw event, finishing third with a toss of 18.48 meters.

No. 1 Arkansas won the meet with a total of 124 points while second place No. 3 Florida trailed far behind with 79.5 points.

The Longhorns travel to New York this Friday for the two-day New Balance Collegiate Invitational.