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Hurricane Headliners: Deisiane Teixeira

Hurricane Headliners: Deisiane Teixeira

Teixeira’s dedication to the javelin and her craft have only grown and with it, the opportunities she hoped for have followed.

She has competed for Brazil at both the Pan American Games and the South American Games.

The sport brought her to the United States, where she began her collegiate career at Highland Community College. There, in 2021, she won a national championship, her throw of 49.51m then setting a new National Junior College Athletic Association Championship Meet record.

She’d spend two seasons at UNLV, where she earned first-team All-Mountain West recognition in 2023 before opting to transfer.

After a visit to Miami, and connecting with associate head coach Cory Young, Teixeira made the decision to transfer and become a Hurricane.

Now, she’s throwing at Miami, and breaking school records in the process.

“Miami was my first visit and the first time I got here, I was like, “I really like this place.’ When Coach [Young] took me to dinner with his family, it was right there that I knew I would sign with Miami immediately,” Teixeira said. “I don’t think any other coach would do that. … He made me feel like this would be the place, this would be like a family for me, and I felt at home when I came. Everybody was so welcoming. [Director of Track and Field & Cross Country Amy Deem]  was so nice. I saw how Coach Cory could make me better and that’s it. I was looking for a place that felt like home and also great coaches and I found that here, immediately.”

So far, things have gone as well – or better – that Teixeira could have hoped.

In her first outdoor meet as a Hurricane, she set a new Miami record with her throw of 53.98m at the Hurricane Collegiate Invitational in March. That performance earned her recognition as the ACC Field Performer of the Week, an honor she shared with teammate and fellow javelin thrower Devoux Deysel, who competes for the Hurricanes men’s track and field team and set his own school record at the Hurricane Collegiate Invitational.

Having the opportunity to train alongside Deysel, Teixeira said, has been a boon, especially given that she’s rarely had the chance to work on a day-to-day basis with a fellow javelin thrower for much of her career.

“When I’m training with him, I always try to watch. For javelin, technique is very important. You know that saying, what a monkey sees, a monkey copies, something like that. I like to watch him because he has a good technique,” Teixeira…

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