Ashtin Zamzow Mahler finished fifth within the heptathlon at the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials. Zamzow Mahler, a Goliad and University of Texas graduate, completed the seven events held Saturday and Sunday at Hayward Field with an overall score of 6,273 points. Annie Kunz, who visited Texas A&M, won the event with 6,703 points. Zamzow Mahler won the javelin throw and set an Olympic Trials record with a throw of 51.30 meters or 168 feet, 4 inches.
Zamzow Mahler also achieved a personal best within the long jump where she finished eighth. She jumped 19-10.25 feet. Zamzow Mahler placed 11th within the 800-meter run during a time of two minutes, 17.74 seconds. The 800-meter run was delayed until Sunday night after one competitor passed out because temperatures reached 105 degrees and 120 degrees on the track. Zamzow Mahler came into Sunday’s competition in eighth place, after recording a personal best and finishing second within the field event with a throw of 14.23 meters or 46-8.25.
She was ninth within the high jump, 10th within the 100-meter hurdles, and 10th within the 200-meter dash. Zamzow Mahler set her personal best within the heptathlon with a score of 6,291 points at a meet in California earlier this year. She set the varsity record at Texas with a score of 6,222 points. The top three finishers qualify for the U.S. Olympic team, which can head to Tokyo next month.