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Texas’ Ashtin Zamzow joins Richardson, Ostrander among semifinalists for prestigious track award

Ashtin Zamzow may not be done making history at Texas. Zamzow, a senior heptathlete, was named a semifinalist for the Bowerman Award on Wednesday. Since 2009, the Bowerman Award has been given to the top male and female athletes in collegiate track and field. Courtney Okolo, a two-time … Read More

Arkansas women win seesaw battle vs. USC to clinch NCAA outdoor track title

Arkansas and USC athletes knew Saturday would be a long, hot dogfight in the withering Texas heat at the NCAA outdoor championships. The nation’s top two women’s track and field teams were scheduled to meet in six different events. May the fastest women win. Read More

Boise State’s Allie Ostrander blisters field to stay perfect in NCAA steeplechase

Allie Ostrander first started honing her racing skills when she was in grade school. That’s when she’d run with other girls and boys her age and conquer the Mount Marathon in Seward, Alaska. Competitors ran up the mountain, with the course climbing more than 3,000-feet in … Read More

Going out with gold: Ashtin Zamzow closes out her time at Texas with a historic win in the heptathlon

On a sunny Saturday in Austin, Ashtin Zamzow found herself with four hours to kill. The Texas senior had finished throwing the javelin around 3:15 p.m., but the final event in the NCAA’s heptathlon competition wasn’t scheduled to start until 7:13 that evening. So, Zamzow got treatment on her knee … Read More

Kansas’ Bryce Hoppel ends perfect season with NCAA 800-meter title

As his unbeaten streak continued to grow, the next race was always the most difficult one for Kansas junior Bryce Hoppel. “Whatever race I run is the hardest,” Hoppel explained. Hoppel culminated his perfect season by winning the men’s 800 meters at the NCAA Track and Field Championships Friday night … Read More

Florida’s dazzling hurdler Grant Holloway takes down record owned by track icon ‘Skeets’ Nehemiah

Grant Holloway sported a bouncing, buoyant sort of energy as he flitted down the Myers Stadium field late Friday to pick up all his accolades.. Outside of Texas Tech sprinter Divine Oduduru, Holloway, the dynamic Florida runner, was the most dominant athlete competing during Friday’s session … Read More

Texas’ men end their track and field season with a ninth-place finish, a record and a few lessons

Since nobody placed second, it may be inaccurate to say that the Texas men found a silver lining at the NCAA’s outdoor track and field meet on Friday evening. Still, something could be said for Jonathan Jones breaking his school and country’s record in the 400 meters. Micaiah Harris did fall … Read More

Gun-mettle gold: Texas Tech wins school’s first NCAA outdoor national championship

Texas Tech’s Divine Oduduru doesn’t consider himself an athletic superstar. The Nigerian sprinter is the youngest of 10 children born into poverty but has Texas-sized ambitions. As coach Wes Kittley said, “He’s hungry and he wants to be great.” Oduduru said you can never … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Kittley, Texas Tech tracks down first men’s NCAA title

He got hooked on the sport as a third-grader. Hooked for good. Wes Kittley was a wide-eyed 8-year-old when he expressed interest in the County Days athletic contests held in Paint Creek not far from his hometown of tiny Rule north of Abilene. Competitors ranged from sixth to eighth grade, … Read More

Rising HBCU track program North Carolina A&T ready to compete ‘against everybody’

Upon qualifying for Friday night’s men’s 110-meter hurdles final at Myers Stadium, North Carolina A&T senior Michael Dickson described how his rising mid-major track program is now rubbing shoulders with the Power 5 elite and holding its own. “My goal was to make it to the finals and do the … Read More

Georgia star Johannes Erm dominates NCAA decathlon as he eyes 2020 Olympics

  By the time Johannes Erm picked up his award for winning the NCAA decathlon title late Thursday night, he’d been at the track more than 12 hours. He’d held the lead in the decathlon, which stretched through a marathon two days and 10 events at … Read More

‘I’m still gunning for the win’: Teahna Daniels to go for the gold three times in her Texas finale

On Saturday, Teahna Daniels will put on a Texas uniform for the last time. The senior sprinter has professional aspirations, but she admits the thought of becoming an ex-Longhorn hasn’t sunk in yet. That day is coming, though, and Daniels has ensured that she’ll at least have an opportunity to … Read More

Arkansas, LSU, USC women all make strong first impressions, setting tone for Day 2 at NCAAs

In football, you always want to score first. Rock ’em, sock ’em, knock ’em back on their heels. In basketball, that first bucket always feels good. Gets the blood flowing and plants seeds of doubt. In track, the 400-meter relay sets the tone. Read More

Barista, husband, father, now South Dakota’s Chris Nilsen is a three-time NCAA vaulting champ

Chris Nilsen makes a mean latte during his day job at Café Brulé, a charming spot in downtown Vermillion, S.D., with staples for breakfast and beef tips and wild salmon for dinner. “I like to think I make some pretty good coffee,” Nilsen said Wednesday. Read More

Texas’ Piperi opens NCAA outdoor championships with a national shot put title

Texas track athletes are celebrating their home field advantage in all its hot, oppressively humid glory. And the guy with the grandest achievement to celebrate was Adrian “Tripp” Piperi, who won the shot put with a heave of 69 feet, 3 and 1/4 inches. It allowed him to beat defending … Read More

Texas-based sprinters zoom past the competition Day 1 of NCAA outdoor championships

Texas-based sprinters circled the track Wednesday in such a blur, it was practically impossible to keep up at the NCAA outdoor championships. The humidity and intensity only kept rising at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Fans had their “Guns Up” not long after the gun went off. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: It takes a village — at the NCAA outdoor nationals, anyway

For the 1,215 athletes in town, the NCAA outdoor championships not only represent a chance to make history, but also a chance to do so in a cool city. The athletes are here to win, but there isn’t anything wrong with having a good time between heats. It’s Austin, after … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas Tech’s world-class sprinters look simply ‘Divine’ at NCAA outdoors

Wes Kittley found the best pair of sprinters he’s ever coached at pretty much the opposite ends of the earth. The veteran Texas Tech coach located A.J. Hudson at high school powerhouse Cibolo Steele outside San Antonio. He spotted Divine Oduduru at a junior meet in Eugene, Ore. Everyone else … Read More

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Longhorns track and field stars honored as NCAA Championships set to begin

Texas track athletes Ashtin Zamzow and Teahna Daniels both earned honors ahead of the NCAA Championships, which will begin at Myers Stadium on Wednesday. Zamzow is the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Athlete of the Year for the South Central Region, the association announced Tuesday. In … Read More

Multiple teams from Texas gunning for comfort boost with NCAA outdoor championships in Austin

Typically this time of year, the college track world descends on Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA outdoor track and field championships. A scenic backdrop, cool temperatures, a fast surface at the century-old Hayward Field? What’s not to love? But Oregon officials withdrew from … Read More