Goliad graduate becomes first Texas woman to win Big 12 pentathlon title
Feb. 24, 2018 at 9:45 p.m.
Updated Feb. 25, 2018 at 11:40 a.m.
AMES, Iowa - Ashtin Zamzow not only became the first woman for Texas to win a Big 12 title in the pentathlon, she did so in record fashion.
Zamzow, a redshirt junior from Goliad, won the event at the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championship on Friday night with a school-record 4,076 points.
"I'm just so happy. Words can't describe what I'm feeling right now," Zamzow said in a Texas news release. "I still can't believe what I did today, honestly. I just don't believe it."
Zamzow held off Texas Tech's Kaylee Hinton by one point to win the title.
Zamzow entered the final event of the pentathlon with a seven-point lead.
She had to make sure Hinton did not beat her by more than half a second in the 800 meters to clinch the title.
Hinton finished in a time of 2:17.58 and Zamzow fell at the line on Hinton's heels in 2:18.02 to clinch the title.
Zamzow won the shot put (39-9.75), was third in the high jump (5-8), was sixth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.80) and long jump (18-2.25) and third in the 800.
"Ashtin Zamzow put it out there from the very beginning," said interim Texas coach Tonia Buford-Bailey. "She didn't have the greatest hurdles, but she came back and hammered it in every other event. "She kept her head and everybody else here was able to see that and really hit the ground running after that."