UTSA earns first at Roadrunner Invitational


Johnee Jasso

Fabian DeSoto, The Paisano
Fabian DeSoto, The Paisano

Both UTSA men’s and women’s track and field teams ranked first at the 2016 Roadrunners Invitational, with total scores of 243 and 221.5.

UTSA hosted the 2016 Roadrunners Invitational, their third home meet, on April 8 and 9 at the Park West Athletic Complex.

In their first home meet, the UTSA invitational, the UTSA men ranked fifth place and the UTSA women ranked fourth. In their second home meet, the Ricardo Romo Invitational, both UTSA teams ranked fourth place.

UTSA, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Texas-Rio Grande Valley and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi attended the 2016 Roadrunners Invitational. Of the 38 events scored, UTSA won sixteen events – UTSA’s men won nine and the women won seven.

Senior Katelynn Homb and junior Victor Perez opened the Invitational for UTSA men’s and women’s field events and each placed first in the hammer throw. Homb threw a distance of 47.96 meters in the women’s hammer throw and Perez threw a distance of 59.38 meters for the men’s.

Sophomore Kelsey Benoit followed suit in the men’s shot put with his distance of 17.7 meters. He currently ranks second in Conference USA (C-USA).

Meanwhile, freshman Mia Hicks placed second in the women’s shot put to conclude Friday’s events. Hicks also placed second in the women discus event on Saturday, setting a program record with her 47.61-meter throw.

Other notable field event wins for the men include sophomore Ty Anderson in the high jump (2.05 meters), sophomore Adrian Riley in the long jump (7.29 meters), freshman Jerrod Young in the pole vault (4.7 meters) and senior Levi Jordon in the discus (51.24 meters).

Additionally, field event wins for the women include freshman Jemira Tomlinson in the javelin throw (33.54 meters) and freshman Gabby Torres in the high jump (1.63 meters).

On the track, UTSA dominated the relays. The 4×100-meter relay team (Aaron Lejeune, Caleb Howe, Patrick Prince and Davante Edwards) placed first, finishing in 42 seconds.

Also, both UTSA men’s and women’s 4×400-meter relay teams placed first, finishing in 3:19.55 and 3:49.91, respectively.

For the men, freshman Patrick Prince placed first in the 110-meter hurdles (14.13 seconds), sophomore Justin Gerbrecht placed first in the 400-meter hurdles (53.42 seconds) and freshman Kyren Hollis placed first in the 800 meter run (1:56.61).

Meanwhile, senior Evelyn Clark placed first in the women’s 400-meter dash (55.21 seconds) and freshman Christy Gilbert placed first in the 400 meter hurdles (1:05.82).

Junior Paige Patterson placed first in the 200-meter dash with her personal-best time of 24.43 seconds.

The Roadrunner men defeated runners-up Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 243 to 120, while the women defeated the runners-up Houston Baptist 221.5 to 140.5.

UTSA will compete on April 16 at the Texas Invitational in Austin.