WITH ONE THROW, Lauryn Caldwell placed her name atop the University of Texas
track and field record books.
The Dickinson native set a new school record in the weight throw at the New Mexico
Collegiate Classic last Friday with a mark of 61-9.75 feet (18.84 meters) that eclipsed
the 18.56 meters set by Jordyn Brown in 2009. Caldwell had flirted with the record in
the previous two meets before her initial throw of the day gave the senior the moment
she had been in pursuit of.
“I couldn’t have another week where I was short. I went from five inches short to three
inches short. I couldn’t be one inch short this week. I said I got to get it,” Caldwell said.
Friday marked the second time Caldwell established a Texas track and field record as
she set a school standard with a 55.42 meter (181-10) toss in the hammer throw during
last year’s UTSA Invitational. She qualified in the NCAA West Premlimaries in both the
shot put and discus last season but was unable to advance to the next round.
Caldwell’s record-setting throw was a special moment for Texas track and field assistant
head coach Ty Sevin, who signed Caldwell as the first female thrower when the
program was combined.
“It’s one of those things where whenever you’re chasing a mark sometimes you don’t
let it come out and what was really impressive today was she threw past the old school
record on four of her six throws,” Sevin said. “I’m just so happy for her. She’s the first
thrower that we signed on this staff and to see her do it and to see the tears in her eyes
when she knew she broke it, I knew it meant a lot to her.”
Caldwell and the Longhorns will continue the indoor portion of their season when
Texas takes part in the Tyson Invitational on the campus of the University of Arkansas
this Friday and Saturday.
PHOTO CREDIT: University of Texas Athletic Department
CUTLINE: Dickinson’s Lauryn Caldwell set a University of Texas track and field
record in the weight throw with a toss of 18.84 meters (61-9.75 feet) during the New
Mexico Collegiate Classic last Friday.