Texas Men 3rd In NCAA Outdoor Track Championships


 

With two days down and two more to go, the Texas men’s team sits in third place in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.image_handler

The Oklahoma State men are right behind their Big 12 rival in fourth place with 16 points.

Eight of the Longhorns’ 19.50 points came from decathlete Johannes Hock, who finished second in the 10-event decathlon. Hock was leading by a narrow margin of 23 points heading into the final event, the grueling 1,500 meters. Maciel Uibo of Georgia came in third in the 1,500 meters, nine positions better than Hock, who posted a time of 4:46.83.

Hock was attempting to become just the fourth athlete in history to repeat in the decathlon, sports sternest test of speed and strength.

Hock was competing in only his third collegiate decathlon. “He’ll walk away from here feeling defeated, but the decathlon is a different beast,” his coach at Texas, Mario Sategna, said on Thursday. “He went into the 1,500, not one of his strong points, in the lead. He gave it a shot for three laps and kind of fell off the pace at the end.”

Very few events have gone final in the championships, with much of the first two days serving as preliminary heats in the various sprint events and relay races.

For example, the Texas women, who wield a very strong team in the national outdoor championships, have not earned a point in the standings after the first two days. The Lady Longhorns, however, have qualified a number of entrants in the women’s sprints as well as the sprint relays.

Through 41 events over the first two days, here are the team standings:

NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Men’s Division

1. Oregon – 26.0 points

2. Georgia – 24.0

3. Texas – 19.50

4. Oklahoma State – 16.0

14. Texas Tech – 5.0

23. Kansas State – 3.0

Women’s Division

1. Oregon – 19.0 points

2. Florida – 10.0

2. Boise State _ 10.0

2. Akron – 10.0

2. Texas A&M – 10.0

2. Princeton – 10.0

7. Oklahoma – 8.0

18. Kansas – 5.0

26. Kansas State – 2.0

30. Baylor – 1.0

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