Track and Field season is upon us


Jeff Huehn

Senior Luca Chatham rounds the corner during his mile event. Jeff Huehn / UTSA Athletics

Ryan Garza

With the spring semester underway, it is time for Track and Field to take off once again. The first meet of the indoor season took place Jan. 11 through Jan. 12 up in College Station for the Ted Nelson Invitational.

The first meet of the season went rather well for some Roadrunners with multiple student-athletes finding themselves inside the top three finishes.

The women’s distance medley relay team placed third at the meet. Colleen Gilbert, Creshawn Cresser, Stephanie Sauceda and Amber Boyd make up the team that clocked a total time of 12 minutes, 33.56 seconds.

In the women’s pole vault, senior Caroline Bellows and freshman Alexandria Gray ended the day finishing in seventh and 11th place, respectively, with a height of 3.59 meters.

On the men’s side, senior distance runner Luca Chatham won the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 10.32 seconds. Sophomore Andre Douglas placed first in the triple jump with a mark of 15.44 meters winning the event by almost a foot.

The men’s distance medley relay team grabbed a second-place finish by the combined efforts of Chatham, Chris Rosules, Zack Kovar and Monty Bertschy with an overall time of 10 minutes, 12.61 seconds.

Senior thrower Vincent Perez brought home a silver medal with a throw of 18.11 meters in the weight throw. Another senior who had a big day was Vasha Sheriff who placed second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.41 seconds.

After two days of competition, the women ended the meet with a seventh-place finish and a combined team score of 20.5, trailing Abilene Christian University by 10.5 points. The men finished in fourth place with a combined score of 75 which gave them a higher score than both the University of Texas and Texas State while only being six points out of placing in a top three spot.

The meet was the first of the season and the first of five for the indoor track season. The next two meets will take place in Houston on Jan. 19 and Jan. 25.