Zack Leggett begins his fourth season as the head coach of the HSU track and field and cross country programs.
His women's team won the ASC cross country and track and field championships in 2018-19. It was the second-ever titles in the history of the program for each sport. On the men's side, the Cowboys finished a close second in both the cross country and track and field championships.
The men and women combined for 20 new school records and Hasanai Chanriang qualified for the NCAA Championship for the third straight year. The women’s 4x100 and the men’s 4x400 also made the trip to nationals.
HSU had nine event champions at the ASC Track and Field Championships as well. Leggett’s teams have exploded in the number of participants with over 60 student-athletes in the 2018-19 season.
Both cross country teams qualified for the NCAA regionals a year ago for the first time in school history.
In 2017-18, Sydney Tencate won four races during the cross country season and qualified for the regionals as did Laura Robson. On the men's side, Ben Splain and A.J. Tillman, who were both freshmen, qualified for the NCAA regionals.
In track, both teams had some strong individual performances that saw the teams combine to set 18 new school records in indoor and outdoor season. Hasanai Chanriang qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight year.
In his first campaign, he laid a foundation to build the program's numbers in quality and in depth.
Hasanai Chanriang won the ASC meet and advanced to the NCAA Championship in the 400 hurdles. He set a new school record in the event. The school's 4x100 team also set the school mark.
On the women's side, Sydney Tencate had a stellar season campaign in track and cross country and was named the ASC Top track athlete. She won the distance triple in the 10K, 5K and 1,500. Myra Carrion set school pole vault records both indoor and outdoor.
Leggett came to HSU from crosstown McMurry, where he served as the head cross country coach and as an assistant to the track and field program. Prior to that, he was the head cross country and track coach at Clarendon College. He had been an assistant coach at McMurry prior to his time at Clarendon.
Leggett earned his bachelor's degree in business from Texas Tech University in 2008 and he earned his master's degree in kinesiology, sports and recreation management from Hardin-Simmons in 2012.
He holds a USA Track and Field Level 1 coaching certification and is a US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Endurance Specialist and also a Sprint, Hurdles and Jumps Specialist. He is also a certified personal trainer by the National Association of Sports Medicine.
Leggett lives in Abilene with his wife Andrea and his two children Jackson and Laura.
2019 - Women’s 4x100, Men’s 4x400, Hasanai Chanriang (400H)
2018 - Hasanai Chanriang (400H)
2017 - Hasanai Chanriang (400H)
|Myra Carrion||2017||Pole Vault|
|Lauren Franklin||2019||100 Hurdles|
|Baley Green||2019||400 Hurdles|
|Samantha Pennese||2019||Long Jump|
|Samantha Pennese||2019||Triple Jump|
|Hasanai Chanriang||2017||400 Hurdles|
|Hasanai Chanriang||2018||400 Hurdles|
|Hasanai Chanriang||2019||400 Hurdles|