Sharp performances in Seattle and Arkansas find No. 11 Texas in good form

Louis San Miguel

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.