Senior Jacob Thormaehlen made a point that a little experience goes a long way when he broke the shot put record set earlier this season by freshman Ryan Crouser. Standing in fourth place heading into his final throw at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships March 10, Thormaehlen heaved a toss of 67-03.75, vaulting him to a second place finish. “With Arizona State’s Jordan Clarke throwing over 68 feet, I had to do something,” he said. “I did meditation techniques and relaxed. The fact I hit that mark is exciting and having a school record means a lot.”
Crouser tied for the lead on his first throw of the day with 65-5. However the freshman couldn’t sustain his lead after throwing five straight fouls, he finished fifth place.
As a team, the Longhorns finished eighth overall. Marquise Goodwin placed third in the long jump, with a jump of 26-02.25 — just over an inch shy of the top jumper.
Quotable: “It’s time, and we’re worthy. We’ve put in hard work at practice to show we’re worthy at the meets. We’re worthy of the national championship.” — Senior thrower AMANDA VAN DYKE on her motto for this year