O’Brien Wasome and Alan Zapalac set Texas school records to highlight the final day of the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station on Saturday.
Wasome won the NCAA Championship in the triple jump with a school record of 55 feet, 2 1/4 inches. It’s the first title for UT in the triple jump in school history.
Zapalac took eighth place in the men’s weight throw with a school record mark of 72-8. The fifth-year senior hadn’t been to the NCAA Championships before and made his lone appearance count.
“I don’t know what to do. I’ve never been so happy to finish in eighth place,” Zapalac said. “Four years of work and it all pays off in the end. It was worth it. The four years was all worth it.”
Zapalac broke the record set by Dylan Armstrong in 2001.
“This has been a long time coming for Alan. To break the school record on his last throw of his senior year is a testament to his hard work and dedication,” associate head coach Ty Sevin said. “I told him before his last throw that this is why he stayed in Austin every summer to work out and get stronger. This is your last throw and your chance to write your legacy yourself instead of having it dictated to you. I’m so proud of him.”
George Patrick finished off the heptathlon, moving up one spot to take 14th place. He scored 5,398 points. Patrick’s highest-scoring finish came in the 60-meter hurdles. He took fourth place in the event after running an 8.15.
For the women, Kally Long cleared a height of 13-9 3/4 in the pole vault for 13th place.
The Longhorns women’s 1600 relay team finished in eighth with a time of 3:33.06. It was their best time of the season.
The track and field squad will now turn its attention to the outdoor season, which starts next week at UTSA.
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