Haley Crouser won the women’s javelin event in historic fashion as the Longhorns track and field team completed the first day of the Big 12 Championship in Lawrence, Kan. Friday.
The Texas women are in sixth place while the men are in fourth after 3 of 21 events. The men have 14 points, trailing first-place Kansas by eight. The Texas women have 10 points while Kansas State leads with 28 points.
Crouser’s mark of 171 feet was nearly 10 feet better than second place and marked the first time a UT athlete won the women’s event at the Big 12 Championship.
“It feels really good,” Crouser said. “This is my first conference meet since leaving Oregon so I’m really happy to get the win for the Longhorns and hopefully be a part of bringing home a team title.”
Head coach Mario Sategna is used to having a Crouser dominate throwing events for Texas. Crouser’s cousin Ryan had a dominant career at Texas.
“It was really exciting to continue the Crouser dominance in the Big 12, but only now on the women’s side with her winning our first-ever women’s javelin title for Texas,” Sategna said in a release from UT.
Virginia Preiss competed in the heptathlon and finished the day in 11th overall with 2,804 points through four events. Kaylee Hinton of Texas Tech is in first with 3,541 points.
The Texas freshman took ninth in the 200 meters and also finished in 12th in the 100-meter hurdles. She finished the high jump in 11th and the shot put in ninth.
Lauryn Caldwell notched a top-10 finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 166-03. Elena Bruckner fouled every attempt in the event.
Alex Cruz finished the women’s 10,000 meters in 35 minutes, 50.57 seconds for 12th place.
For the men, Steele Wasik leads the decathlon with 4,130 points through five events. He finished at the top in the shot put and the high jump. Wasik took second in the in the long jump, 4th in the 400 meters and 8th in the 100 meters.
Fabian Dohmann took second in the men’s javelin, posting a mark of 227-5. Wasik earned a couple of team points with a seventh-place finish.
“Steele is really being a team player,” Sategna said. “He’s not only trying to win an individual title in the decathlon but also get a qualifying score for the NCAA meet, and to come back in the open javelin and pick up a couple points for the team is huge.”
Allen Sumrall took fifth in the 10,000 meters with a time of 29:52.33, earning four points for the men’s team.
Alan Zapalac finished the hammer throw in 10th place with a mark of 187-4.
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