Weak showing brightened by youth

Chris Medina

As a team, Texas had a disappointing weekend in Walnut, Calif., not winning a single event at the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday or Saturday, but some strong individual performances from the Longhorn underclassmen point toward better results in the future.

In the shotput finals on Saturday, sophomore Hayden Baillio tossed 62 feet 5 1/4 inches, good enough for fifth in the invitational section and the best throw of any collegiate athlete. Junior Jacob Thormaehlen finished right behind him in sixth, with a throw of 59 feet 5 3/4.

Adding to the outburst of young talent was freshman Ryan Dohner, who ran in the Open A section of the 5,000 meters on Friday. Dohner finished in third with a time of 13 minutes, 56.94 seconds, the best time in the event by a Longhorn since 2005.
Also on the first day of competition, sophomore Patrick McGregor recorded a strong performance in the 1,500 meters, with a third-place time of 3:43.51.

In the long jump, freshman Mark Jackson posted his best outdoor jump since coming to Texas, with a leap of 24 feet 9 3/4 inches.

Meanwhile, the Longhorn 400-meter relay squad, consisting of Alex Williams, Trevante Rhodes, D.J. Monroe and Marquise Goodwin, finished third in the invitational section, with a time of 39.74 seconds.