Hayden Baillio Dominates at Texas Relays

Whitesboro, Texas discus and shot put specialist Hayden Baillio has some lofty goals to attain before moving to Austin to take a spot on the Texas Longhorn track team. Baillio was in Austin this past weekend for the Texas Relays and showed why the Longhorns offered him a rare full scholarship offer.

Hayden Baillio may not be a household name yet, but the Whitesboro discus and shot put specialist has a chance to make not only make a name for himself in Austin but also as an Olympian.

Not many throwers earn full track scholarships, so Baillio is special already as he has signed with the Texas Longhorns on full scholarship.

"I went on no official visits. I took an unofficial visit to UT last year after the state meet here. We walked in and met Coach Bubba (Thornton) and Coach Mario, and right then and there they offered me a full ride," Baillio told Burnt Orange Beat before he threw in the Texas Relays in Austin last weekend.

Full track scholarships are typically reserved for sprinters who compete in multiple events (relays and individual as well as multiple distances), but Baillio is so accomplished in both the shot and discus that the Longhorns signed him to a full scholarship.

"Later that night, I called them (Coaches Thornton and Mario) and said ‘sure, I'll take it.' They got the jump on everybody," Baillio said.

Baillio has been proving his worth every meet since that fateful evening. Baillio has set some extremely aggressive goals for his senior season.

"I want to go 210 feet (discus) and 75 in shot. It's up there but that's what I want to do," said the powerful young man.

In addition to his throwing events, Hayden Baillio also plays football and basketball for his 3A high school, so his track training does sometimes take a back seat. In fact, Baillio actually played virtually every position on the offensive and defensive lines on his football team.

"I just pound the weights. I don't practice year round yet, since I am at a little 3A school. You have to do football and basketball," added Baillio.

Baillio said prior to his Texas Relay events that he expected to win both the shot and discus, and he delivered. Baillio won the shot (72-02.25; meet and state record) and Discus (202-11; meet record). Both performances were personal bests, according to Baillio.

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