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Hoskins Fifth After Day One at Texas Relays

April 2, 2008
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Brandon Hoskins is 17 points ahead of his day one score from the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where he placed seventh.

Brandon Hoskins is 17 points ahead of his day one score from the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where he placed seventh.

Liberty senior All-American Brandon Hoskins is more than holding his own amongst a star-studded decathlon field at the 81st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. After Wednesday's opening day of competition, Hoskins resides in fifth place out of 20 competitors.

Leading the way is former Texas standout and collegiate decathlon record holder Trey Hardee, who posted a first-day score of 4,212. Hardee leads second-place Rickey Moody of Washington State by 56 points.
Hoskins (Garden City, Texas) is sandwiched between a couple distinguished performers in fifth place, with 3,900 points. He is only 12 points behind reigning NCAA indoor heptathlon national champion Gonzalo Barroilhet of Florida State for fourth, and leads Texas' two-time national heptathlon titlist Donovan Kilmartin by 10 points.

Also competing for the Flames is junior Daniel Newell (Roanoke, Va.). Newell posted his best-ever first-day point total, 3,722, leaving him in 13th position.

Hoskins made his biggest moves up the leaderboard in the shot put and the 400-meter dash. The senior, making his seasonal decathlon debut, notched the fourth-best shot put of the day, reaching 45-0.25. He then closed his day's work with a 48.31 clocking for 400 meters, trailing only Hardee. His quarter-mile time came in under the IC4A qualifying standard. 

Newell excelled in both sprinting events. He set a new personal best in Wednesday's opening event, the 100-meter dash. Assisted by a tailwind, the junior raced to a 10.95, ranking fifth among the decathletes. Newell then crossed the line just behind Hoskins in the 400-meter dash, placing fourth in the event at 48.94 seconds.

Four Flames will be in action on Thursday at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Hoskins and Newell will resume the decathlon with the 110-meter hurdles at noon Eastern, while Jon Hart (Sr., Wyomissing, Pa.) and Clendon Henderson (Sr., Meadow, Texas) will begin the hammer competition at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.