Track Defends at Roadrunner Invitational

March 26 – April 2, 2019 [email protected] | 7SportsRoadrunners jump-start their 2019 outdoor track season Jake McDaniel clears the high jump pole. Track defends at Roadrunner Invitational Jack Myer/The Paisano

Julia Maenius

The outdoor track season has officially begun for the ‘Runners. Sprinting into the 2019 season, UTSA track hosted the annual Roadrunner Invitational at the Park West Athletic Complex from March 21 to 23. The ‘Runners welcomed the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, the University of Oklahoma, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, Texas State University, Stephen F. Austin University and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

The women’s team had a multitude of ‘Runners on the podium. Orla Brothers snagged the ‘Runners first gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of one minute and 0.44 seconds. The 4×400-meter relay team of Erin Wilson, Brothers, Sierra Andres and Darionne Gibson reached the finish line in third with a time of 3:46.10. All-American Danielle Spence landed her triple jump with a gold medal and the title of longest outdoor triple jump in UTSA history; Maia Campbell threw her way into third with a 53.56-meter hammer throw; Gabby Torres won the silver medal for the ‘Runners in the heptathlon.

The men’s team matched the women’s, putting multiple athletes on the podium and increasing the points for the ‘Runners. Kaleb Campbell secured the first medal for the Roadrunners, placing third in the 100-meter, followed by Va-Sheku’s bronze in the 400-meter race; Luca Chatham earned a silver in the 800-meter run and Andrew Pirog followed suit with a bronze in the 400-meter hurdles. The ‘Runners then went on to sweep the decathlon, placing Jacob McDaniel and Justin Wright on the podium in gold and silver, respectively.

The ‘Runners will be racing back at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, hosted by the University of Texas from March 27 to 30.