The Longhorns, for the next few weeks, only have championships to worry about. At No. 6 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association computer rankings, the Longhorns have a good chance at both the Big 12 and NCAA outdoor championships.
In the running events, Keiron Stewart ran the sixth-fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles this season at 13.43 seconds. In the relays, the 400-meter relay team of Alex Williams, Trevante Rhodes, Marquise Goodwin and D.J. Monroe hold the seventh-fastest time in the country of 39.29 while the 1,600-meter relay squad of Danzell Fortson, Andre Thomas, Stewart and Isaac Murphy currently rank 11th nationally with a time of 3:06.93.
In the field events, sophomore Hayden Baillio ranks second nationally in the shot put with a mark of 64-0 1/4 inches. In the triple jump, senior Jamal Wilson and freshman Mark Jackson are two of the best in the nation — Wilson is fifth (53-3) while Jackson is in 11th (52-6).
Texas heads to Norman, Okla., for the Big 12 Outdoor Championships beginning May 13.
The Longhorns haven’t won the outdoor title since 2006.
Then, the Longhorns head to Eugene, Ore., to participate in the NCAA West Regions Championships before venturing to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 8-11.
Texas, which has never won an NCAA outdoor title, hopes to prevent the two-time defending champs, Texas A&M, from becoming the third team in a row to win three straight outdoor championships.
Arkansas three-peated from ’03-’05 while Florida State did so from ’06-’08.