Elena Bruckner of UT competes in the Discus Throw at the NCAA Track and Field Championships West Preliminary at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Friday May 26, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Throwers highlight Texas track and field team at Tech Classic

Posted January 27th, 2018

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The Texas track and field team’s performance at the Texas Tech Classic was highlighted by throwers on the men’s and women’s teams in Lubbock on Saturday.

Adrian Piperi won the men’s shot put event after posting a mark of 65 feet, 3/4 of an inch on his second attempt. The freshman beat the competition by more than four feet.

“It’s going to be really exciting when he gets a chance to peak for conference and nationals,” said head coach Mario Sategna. “The guy is a competitor. He’s going to do some great things. That’s helped raise the bar for all of them.”

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Alan Zapalac earned second place in the weight throw after recording a mark of 68-5 1/4. He was edged out by Alton Clay of Louisiana-Monroe. Zapalac’s teammate, Brian Peterson, came in fourth with a distance of 58-10 1/4.

On the women’s side, Elena Bruckner took third in the shot put after posting her mark of 51-11. Lauryn Caldwell took fifth in the event with a mark of 49-1.

Caldwell also finished third in the weight throw while Bruckner finished in sixth. Caldwell posted a mark of 60-7 3/4 on her third throw. Bruckner recorded her best distance of 59-4 on her final legal throw.

After finishing the first day of the heptathlon in third place, George Patrick held steady in the final three events. Patrick ended up in third with 5,657 points, behind Tyler Adams of Sam Houston State and Jeremy Taiwo of Velaase/NYAC. Patrick took second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.19 seconds. He finished fifth in both the pole vault and 1,000 meters.

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Pedrya Seymour, Ariel Jones and Mariam Abdul-Rashid were the top college finishers in the women’s 60-meter hurdles. Seymour took third in 8.22, Jones finished in 8.30 and Abdul-Rashid finished fifth in 8.40.

In the women’s pole vault, three Longhorns finished in the top 10. Kally Long had the best finish as the top college athlete, taking sixth overall after clearing 13-8 1/4. Calie Spencer took seventh with a height of 13-2 1/4. Alie Uhle was the third-best amateur, clearing 13-2 1/4 on her third attempt.

Megan Rourke finished the women’s 800 meters in 2:15.27 to pick up fourth place.

Ashtin Zamzow, who also competed in the pentathlon, finished the women’s high jump in fifth. She cleared a height of 5-5.

Tamea McKelvey finished in fifth in the women’s 60 meters with a time of 7.62. She also picked up a sixth-place finish in the 200 meters, clocking a time of 24.27.

Georgia Wahl ended up sixth in the women’s triple jump with a mark of 39-10.

Trevor Heinz was 15th in the men’s 800 meters with a time of 1:57.59.

Jared Dupree ended up tied for 14th in the men’s high jump, clearing a height of 6-3 1/2.

John Burt was seventh in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8:15.

Texas track and field team will be back in action for the New Mexico Classic in Albuquerque next week.

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