Texas throwers, vaulters spotlight New Balance Invitational

Lexy Gonzalez

Texas throwers and vaulters launched the No. 4 Longhorns to a fourth place overall finish in this weekend’s New Balance Collegiate Invitational at The Armory in New York.

On Friday, Texas ended the day with a number of stellar performances to qualify for Saturday’s final events.

Throwers Jacob Thormaehlen, Ryan Crouser and Hayden Baillio claimed the top three spots in the shot put, setting the pace for the Longhorns early on. Thormaehlen’s winning throw was a personal best of 19.89 meters, the sixth longest distance in the nation this season. Crouser and Baillio followed close behind him with tosses of 19.78 and 19.18 meters.

Two individuals continued to set the bar high for the Longhorns with their performances in the air. In the prelims, long jumpers Isaac Murphy and Petter Olson took the top two spots with leaps of 6.96 and 6.92 meters.

On Saturday, the events resumed and Texas’ pole vaulters soared to two top 10 overall finishes. Junior Maston Wallace cleared a height of 5.30 meters for a second place finish.

Next weekend the Longhorns will compete the New Mexico Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. and the SPIRE Invitational in Cleveland, Ohio on Feb. 10-11.