COLLEGE STATION, Texas — On his final attempt at the Charlie Thomas Invitational, Texas thrower Tripp Piperi launched a school-record throw of 21.74 meters (71 feet, 4 inches) to win the indoor shot put for the Longhorns. His first-place toss broke Ryan Crouser's five-year-old program record (21.73 meters / 71 feet 3½ inches), and set new meet and facility records in the event.
The UT senior’s winning throw is the second-best in the world this season, and the second-longest in NCAA history. Piperi now owns two of the top seven performances in NCAA history.
Piperi’s heave exceeded his previous lifetime best by just over two feet, eclipsing his throw of 21.12 meters (69 fee, 3½ inches) that was set Jan. 22 at the Wooo Pig Classic in Fayetteville, Ark.
Saturday’s performance included Piperi’s first two throws of more than 70 feet; on his fourth attempt, he reached 21.62 meters (70 feet, 11¼ inches).