Former Highlander throwers heading to NCAA Outdoor Championships

Former The Woodlands Highlander Tripp Piperi is back in Eugene, Oregon.

This time, he is joined by a fellow Highlander teammate Sean Stavinoha on the Texas Longhorns track and field team.

Piperi won the NCAA West Regional shot put gold medal in Fayetteville, Arkansas back on May 25 with a top throw of 20.74 meters (68.50) to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the fourth time in his collegiate career.

Piperi, a graduate student, has one outdoor national champion to his claim. That came in 2019 on his second trip. In 2018, he finished in fourth place and a year ago, he took the silver medal with a top throw of 20.71 meters. The 2020 national championship was canceled due to COVID-19.

Since the calendar turned to 2022, Piperi has taken second at the NCAA Indoor championship (21.58) and won the Big 12 outdoor championship (21.28). At the 94th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in March, Piperi set the outdoor school record with a gold medal winning throw of 21.54 meters.

Piperi is a 2017 graduate of The Woodlands won three state titles.

Stavinoha, a junior, is heading to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time in his career. In the discus, he threw a mark of 55.95 meters (183-6 feet) to take eighth place at the NCAA West Regional.

Earlier this season, Stavinoha threw 55.84, a personal best at the time, to win the Texas Invitational.

Stavinoha, a 2019 graduate of The Woodlands, was runner-up at state in the discus his senior year.

The NCAA Outdoor Championships takes place June 8-11 at Hayward Field.


Florida State sprinter Jo’Vaughn Martin (Conroe) is heading back to the NCAA Outdoor Championships as well. Martin ran a season-best 10.05 seconds in the 100 meter dash semifinals in the NCAA East Regional. He also qualified in the the 400-meter relay with Taylor Banks, Amir Willis and Don’dre Swint in 38.51 seconds. That time is second in the NCAA this year. Martin is a junior for the Seminoles.


With three Montgomery County grads on the roster, the McLennan Community College Highlanders finished runner-up at the NJCAA Division I world series. McLennan was swept by Florida Southwestern State College(4-2 and 7-6) in the championship series this past Saturday in Yuma, Arizona. In Game 1, Erin Plunkett (New Caney) was 1-for-3 with a double and a run. Jenny Robison (Lake Creek) was 0-for-3 and Julia Herzinger (Magnolia) was 1-for-3. Herzinger was had a hit andtwo RBIs in Game 2. Plunkett scored two runs and had a hit. Robison was 0-for-3. McLennan won its first four games at the World Series and finsih the season 59-8.


Freshman John Spikerman (Lake Creek) and the Oklahoma Sooners won the Big 12 Tournament championship this past Sunday at Globe Life Field in Arlington. The title was a first for Oklahoma since 2013. Spikerman contributed as the leadoff hitter. He had six hits and two RBIs in four games there. The Sooners begin the Gainesville Regional on Friday against Liberty.

Dallas Baptist is looking to build off its Super Regional run last year. The Patriots head to the Austin Regional this week. Zane Russell (Porter) has pitched 262/3 innings for DBU with an impressive 1.69 ERA. He has struck out 45, including nine in his previous three outings. Luke Trahan (College Park) has logged 71/3 innings with nine earned runs allowed an 11 strikeouts.

Brandon Birdsell (Willis) went six innings for Texas Tech in the Red Raiders elimination game loss to Kansas State at the Big 12 Tournament. He allowed four earned runs and struck out six. Texas Tech will compete at the Statesboro Regional starting Friday.