Cross-country runner Crayton Carrozza practices on Sept. 29, 2018 at St. Stephen's High School in Austin. JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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After a strange saga, Crayton Carrozza becomes a ‘massive addition’ to Texas’ 2019 recruiting class

Posted January 17th, 2019

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Crayton Carrozza will resume running at Texas.

Texas’ track and field program has announced the signing of Carrozza. A senior at St. Stephen’s Episcopal in Austin, Carrozza was the Southwest Preparatory Conference’s cross-country champion as a sophomore and junior. He also owns the SPC records for the 800-meter, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs.

Carrozza, however, has been ineligible for much of his senior year. Due to a SPC rule, he was deemed too old to compete in any SPC-sanctioned events. Carrozza turned 19 on Aug. 26, which was six days before the organization’s cutoff.

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In a statement, Texas men’s distance coach Pete Watson said that “Crayton is a massive addition to this recruiting class. It was very important to us to keep the best miler in Texas home and here at the state’s flagship university. He may be the most talented mid-distance recruit in the country this year and we are all super excited for him to join us. He has a very bright future in this sport and I’m very much looking forward to coaching him here at Texas.”

Carrozza will be protecting a family legacy when he arrives on campus. His older sister, Quinn, is a senior on UT’s swimming and diving team. Quinn Carrozza is a five-time conference champion who helped set the school record in the 800-yard freestyle relay at last year’s NCAA Championships.

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