The University of Texas men's track and field team set a world's best of nine minutes, 25:97 seconds in the distance-medley relay over the weekend at the 2008 Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Longhorns' quartet — All-American junior Kyle Miller, U.S. junior national champion and freshman Danzell Fortson, All-American junior Jacob Hernandez and two-time NCAA champion and senior Leo Manzano– shattered five records in meeting the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 9:34 and taking over the top-spot in all of college track and field. Texas leads the descending order list by almost 11 seconds (Oregon, 9:36.21).
UT smashed the world best, NCAA and Randal Tyson Track Center records of 9:27.77 run by Michigan on March 12, 2004. The Longhorns' group improved the American record of 9:28.83 set by Stanford on March 10, 2000 by nearly two seconds. Texas also bettered the previous school record of 9:31.27 set on March 2, 2007. Hernandez and Manzano ran the final two legs of the previous school best last year.