411OnTheForty: O’Brien Wasome named USTFCCCA Male Athlete of the Week

11 Mar By
College World Series
Texas senior O'Brien Wasome set the program's outdoor record in the triple jump with a leap of 17.05 meters / 55 feet, 11.25 inches (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas men's track and field senior jumper O'Brien Wasome etched his name into the program record books Tuesday, becoming the first male UT athlete to earn the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) Male Athlete of the Week award during the outdoor season.

Wasome broke a 33-year program record in the triple jump at the Longhorn Invitational this past weekend, leaping 17.05 meters / 55 feet, 11.25 inches (+0.5). He is one of just two Big 12 men to jump at least 17 meters outdoors since 2011, according to the Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS) Outdoor Performance Lists.

It had been exactly 372 days since Wasome had last competed; he won the horizontal jump titles at the 2020 Big 12 Indoor Championships.

The Texas women's team is ranked No. 3 and the men's team No. 10 in this week's USTFCCCA rankings they prepare for the NCAA Indoor Championships March 11-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley