By Tony Adams, Sports Editor
Former Belton Tiger track and field standout Wolf Mahler put together two outstanding days and six personal bests to win his first heptathlon crown for the University of Texas Longhorns Track & Field program.
The Belton High School alumnus and Longhorn sophomore scored 5,717 points over the seventh events to win by 238 points over Iowa State’s Taylor Sanderson.
Mahler won the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.91 (915 points), took fifth place in the long jump with a jump of 6.68 meters (739 points), placed fourth in the shot put with a toss of 12.70 meters (649 points), was tied for fifth in the high jump with a jump of 1.89 meters (705 points), placed third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.31 (905 points, won the pole vault with a vault of 5.08 meters (935 points) and won the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:40.36, 6.09 seconds better than Sanderson (869 points).
Mahler’s dominant finish of the 1,000-meter put a punctuation mark on one of his most crowning accomplishments of his career. The performance could put him in the talks for a potential Olympic appearance in 2016 for the United States in the decathlon.
“Wolf did a great job. He knew he wanted to make it to the national meet, but at the same time he wanted to win a conference title. And what a great feat for him. He’s another kind of silent guy, but there’s not another person out there that works harder than Wolf Mahler,” Texas track and field head coach Mario Sategna said.
Mahler tallied personal bests in six of the seven events, with the only event he didn’t set a personal record in being the 1,000 meters, which was the final event of the competition.
His score places him eighth in the nation before looking at results from other conference championship meets this weekend.
“I had a few nagging injuries going in,” Mahler said. “But I healed up just in time for the meet. It felt great setting the personal marks, but Texas won both the mens’ and womens’ Big XII Indoor Track and Field Championships. I am looking forward to the NCAA Nationals in (Fayetteville) Arkansas. ”
“Wolf is such an amazing competitor and athlete,” Belton head track coach Michael Morgan said. “After what he accomplished in high school, I am always in awe of what he is capable of. He is such a hard worker and we could not be more proud of him. The sky is the limit on what he will accomplish before he is through.”