Goliad Native Wins Major Big 12 Honor

Zamzow Named Top Female Athlete

A huge honor for a Goliad native Thursday.

Texas track & field multi-event athlete Ashtin Zamzow, named 2018-19 Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year. Zamzow is the ninth Longhorn female to claim the award and the first in 10 years.

Nominees are submitted by Big 12 institutions and selected, based on athletic performance, academic achievement and citizenship, by a media panel as well as fan voting conducted through Big12Sports.com.

Zamzow garnered Female Athlete of the Year after setting personal bests in four of seven events (110m hurdles, 200m hurdles, long jump, high jump) en route to a school-record score of 6,222 points and a national title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. In June, she became just the second heptathlete ever to win the NCAA title on her home track at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. Her point total was the eighth best in history for a collegiate heptathlete and the seventh-best posted at the NCAA Championship. She scored 10 of the Longhorns’ 20 points, guiding UT to a 10th-place finish. At the NCAA Indoor Championship in Birmingham, Alabama, Zamzow tallied 4,294 points in the pentathlon for a third-place finish.

The Goliad, Texas, native was a semifinalist for The Bowerman, which is awarded to the nation’s most outstanding collegiate track & field athlete. Additionally, she was named the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCCA) South Region Field Athlete of the Year.

This past season Zamzow helped the Longhorns to the Big 12 Outdoor Championship crown by winning both the heptathlon and javelin events and guided UT to the indoor title with her victory in the pentathlon. During her career, Zamzow was part of five Big 12 team titles (indoors: 2016, 2018 and 2019; and outdoors: 2016 and 2019).

Academically, the senior excelled as a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team performer (2018 and 2019). She graduated from Texas with a degree in exercise science and a minor in business.

(Information from the Big 12 Conference.