Round Rock runner Kobe Yepez (#7) and El Paso Coronado's Liam Walsh (#6) compete in the Class 6A 1600-meter run on May 11, 2019 in Austin. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Texas signees wrap up high school careers by winning gold at their future home

Posted May 12th, 2019


In Oklahoma over the weekend, Texas sophomore Tripp Piperi proved for the second straight outdoor season that he is the Big 12’s best in the shot put.

Piperi wasn’t his family’s only standout on Saturday, though. Back at Myers Stadium, The Woodlands senior Patrick Piperi won the Class 6A shot put at the University Interscholastic League’s state meet with a throw of 64 feet, six inches. Piperi also placed fifth in the Class 6A discus.

Piperi should get used to throwing at Myers Stadium since he will join his brother at Texas in 2020. He was also one of three UT signees that won a gold medal at this weekend’s showcase of the state’s best high school talent.


On Friday, PSJA Memorial senior Cruz Gomez earned the win in the Class 5A 3,200-meter run. Gomez was timed at 9:02.17. Later on Friday, Gomez was the fifth runner to cross the finish line in his classification’s 1,600-meter race. Last year, Gomez finished second in both of those events at the Class 6A meet.

El Paso Coronado’s Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy won the Class 6A 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.40. Saturday’s showing came one year after Jaeger-Darakjy’s two-lap time of 2:12.73 was good enough for bronze.

Here is a look at how other members of UT’s 2019 recruiting class did at the state meet:

  • Montgomery’s Halena Rahmaan: Class 5A 1,600 meters (3rd); 3,200 meters (4th)
  • Highland Park’s Maddy Stephens: Class 5A 800 meters (7th); 4×400 relay (4th)
  • El Paso Coronado’s Liam Walsh: Class 6A 800 meters (4th); 1,600 meters (6th)
  • McAllen Memorial’s Evan Williams: Class 6A 1,600 meters (7th); 3200 meters (6th)
  • McAllen Memorial’s Trevor Williams: Class 6A 3200 meters (9th)
  • Round Rock’s Kobe Yepez: Class 6A 1,600 meters (9th)

Additionally, future Texas football player Tyler Owens finished second in the Class 6A 100-meter dash on Saturday night. The four-star safety’s time of 10.38 seconds was bested by only Matthew Boling’s national record of 10.13 seconds.

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