Strong Longhorn team takes second at season opener

Rachel Wenzlaff

At last year’s 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, the Longhorns finished seventh and were ranked third in the USTFCCCA’s John McDonnell Men’s Program of the Year award standings.

For the 2013 season, the Texas Men’s Track and Field team boasts a roster with 11 All-Americans and comes in with a No. 3 preseason indoor national team ranking in the USTFCCCA poll. The season also marks the 17th year head coach Bubba Thornton has led the program.

Texas kicked off its season in Fayetteville, Ark., this past Friday against No. 1-ranked Arkansas.

Seniors Keiron Stewart and Hayden Baillio each earned first and second-place finishes for the Longhorns while sophomore Craig Lutz returned to win the 3,000 meters after an injury that caused a less-than-ideal team finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Despite these victories, top-ranked Arkansas slid past Texas to win yet again, 85-78.

“The guys showed a lot of potential tonight,” Thornton said. “I feel good about where we’re at and we’ll get better in the next competition.”