09 Jun

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Piperi, Zamzow lead Texas track and field to top-10 NCAA finishes

Longhorns Tripp Piperi and Ashtin Zamzow won national championships in the men's shot put and women's heptathlete at the NCAA Championships (images courtesy of texassports.com / graphic by Horns Illustraed).

By Steve Lansdale

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas men’s and women’s track and field teams both finished in the top 10 in the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time since 2015 when the men finished ninth and the women tied for 10th at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Between the men’s and women’s programs, 11 Longhorns earned All-America honors.

The UT men’s team finished 36th, 26th and 25th in the last three seasons before taking a massive leap in head coach Edrick Floréal’s first season at the helm of the program.

“Although guiding our guys to a top-10 finish nationally seems like a huge step forward for our program, I still feel like we let an opportunity slip through our fingers,” Floréal said. “Like Ben Crenshaw said on the eve of the Ryder Cup victory, ‘I have a good feeling about this team.’ I have faith in these young men and their abilities. I have to do a better job of getting them to see and believe in their potential."

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