The Woodlands’ Piperi adds second NCAA outdoor shot put title

With several spins, a heave and his customery outburst as the ball exited his hand, The Woodlands’ own Tripp Piperi became a shot put national champion again last week.

Piperi’s throw of 21.52 meters (70 feet, 7.25 inches) on his first attempt at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championship did the trick at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on Wednesday.

Piperi won the outdoor national championship for the first time since 2019 and did it in convincing fashion. The former Highlander topped silver medalist Turner Washington, who’s best throw of the event was 21.05 meters during the last round. Piperi’s fifth throw of 21.23 bested Washington’s best mark as well.

Washington, of Arizona State, was the defending national champion from 2021 when he threw a 21.10 which topped Piperi in second place at 20.13.

The national gold (and plenty of hook ‘em hand signals from the champ) capped a solid 2021-22 season for Piperi. He took second in the NCAA Indoor championship at 21.58 and won Big 12 outdoor gold in the 21.28. A heave of 21.54 meters at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in March set an outdoor school record for the Longhorns.

Piperi, a 2017 graduate of The Woodlands where he won three state titles, is a collegiate All-American for the eighth time.

Piperi’s finished contributed 10 points for the Longhorns, who went on to finish as runner-up in the team event. It was the best finish in the past 25 years for Texas, which totaled 38 points and was only topped by Florida’s 54 points as the Gators won the national title.

Piperi will return to Eugene next week for the USATF Championships. He will compete for a spot on Team USA for the World Championships in July.

Also from The Woodlands and in his NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championship debut, Sean Stavinoha finished 17th in the discus for the Longhorns on Friday.

Stavinoha’s best throw came on his last attempt as he launched the disc 55.73 meters, which was just shy of his season and person best throw of 55.84 back in March.

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


Jo’Vaughn Martin (Conroe) can once again stake claim that he’s the fourth fastest NCAA Division I 100-meter dash sprinter in the country. Last Friday, Martin, a senior at Florida State, ran the championship of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championship and just missed the podium for the second straight year.

Martin ran a 10.10 in 2021 for fourth and went 10.09 this time around. Florida’s Joseph Fahnbulleh took gold in 10 seconds flat. He finished seventh a year ago.

Martin finished just behind Tennessee’s Favour Ashe and North Carolina A&T’s Javonte Harding, who each finished in 10.08 seconds.

Back on Wednesday, Martin ran the anchor of the Seminoles’ 400 relay in the semifinals. Florida State finished 13th overall in 39.09 seconds and did not qualify for the championship.

Martin was the ACC Outdoor champion in the 100 earlier in the spring.

Martin is a 2017 graduate of Conroe.


McKenzie Parker (Willis) made it on base in the final inning of Texas’ season in the NCAA Women’s College World Series championship series with Oklahoma last Thursday. Parker reached via a walk and later scored on Mia Scott’s three-run homer in the seventh inning as Texas fell to the Sooners 10-5 to conclude the season. Parker finished her career at Texas with a .265 batting average in 2022 with eight homers and 42 RBIs.


Oklahoma freshman John Spikerman (Lake Creek) picked up two hits over three games against Virginia Tech as the Sooners won three-game Super Regional series against the Hokies and advanced to the College World Series later this week in Omaha. Spikerman had an RBI and scored in all three games. He also flashed some leather with a game-ending diving catch in Game 1 which was featured on Sportscenter’s Top 10 the following morning. Oklahoma plays Texas A&M Friday evening to open the CWS.

Freshman Ty Sexton (Lake Creek) is a member of Texas A&M’s team heading to the College World Series. It’s the Aggies first trip to Omaha since 2017 after a two-game sweep of Louisville in the Super Regional. Sexton, a pitcher, hasn’t played so far during his first collegiate year.