Ashtin Zamzow had an incredible senior year at the University of Texas.

The Goliad native made her case as one of the top athletes ever to come out of the Crossroads.

Her accomplishments were many, but let’s talk about the year’s two biggest.

The 22-year-old Zamzow won the NCAA championship in the heptathlon, becoming the first University of Texas woman to do so. The heptathlon is an event that tests an athlete’s skill in seven individual events, which are combined for an overall score.

It’s the ultimate story of small-town athlete excelling at the top stages of a sport.

“It’s an indescribable feeling,” she told AdvoSports recently. “To now be among the top few athletes in the country to receive such a prestigious award is beyond belief, and I thank God every day for it.”

The other huge award for Zamzow? She was recently named Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year.

Besides her national championship, Zamzow is a three-time Big 12 individual champion and the first track and field athlete to win the conference honor since Texas A&M’s Jessica Beard in 2010-11. Zamzow is the first Texas student-athlete to win the award since Destinee Hooker (volleyball/track and field) in 2008-09.

The ever-humble Zamzow thanked others for her award.

“I certainly wouldn’t be the person I am today without being challenged and pushed by some of the greatest athletes, coaches and professors the country has to offer at UT,” she said.

The quest for greatness isn’t over for Zamzow, though.

She will compete in the U.S. Track and Field Championships later this month, followed by either the World Championships in Qatar or the Thorpe Cup in Germany.

It’s been a long road since Zamzow won a gold medal at the UIL state meet representing Goliad.

Eventually, she aims to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

We can see that happening. With an excellent work ethic, extensive training and humble attitude, she can accomplish anything.

We’ll see you in Tokyo.

This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate’s editorial board.

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