411OnTheForty: Ryan Crouser breaks world indoor shot put record

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Former Texas thrower Ryan Crouser broke the world indoor record in the shot put Sunday in the American Track League (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas — Former Texas track and field thrower Ryan Crouser is now a world record holder after breaking the world indoor shot put record Sunday in the American Track League at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

On his first attempt, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist threw the orb further than anybody had before indoors, with a mark of 22.82 meters (74 feet, 10.5 inches). It bested Randy Barnes' 1989 previous world record mark by nearly six inches.

One of the most decorated Longhorns in program history, the 28-year-old also ranks No. 3 in the world in the outdoor shot put, after he launched a throw of 22.91 meters last July in Marietta, Ga.

The Portland, Ore., native was a four-time NCAA champion at Texas, a nine-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) First-Team All-America, and was nominated twice for the Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year. He currently sits atop the UT record books in both the indoor and outdoor shot put.

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