Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Right on track to win

“Sub-Zero” wins.

You may think I’m talking about the character from Mortal Kombat, but I am not. I am talking about the two time All-American senior Teddy Williams.

“Before a race I change into my alter ego which is called Sub-Zero,” Williams said. “When it comes to the predator and the prey, I always try to be the predator.”

The UTSA’s men’s and women’s 2010 track season has had an outstanding start. Both track teams have set six new school records from six different athletes.

New record holders from the men’s team include: true freshman Keith Benford (high jump), junior Devon Bond (triple jump), junior Richard Garrett Jr. (shot put) and Williams (sprints).

It is obvious that the teams have been successful in all areas of the sport, but John Whittaker, Jessica Jones and Williams all still want to win a Southland Conference Championship.

“I’d like to set a personal record and be consistent as an individual, but would love to see the team succeed and win a championship,” Whittaker said. “Winning a Southland Conference Championship is our main goal.”

So far the Houston native has been consistent in high jump. Whittaker has marks at 6-8 1/4 feet (2.04m) which earned him third place twice.

“The team goal is to come in compete hard, fight hard and win another conference championship,” Williams said. “I’d like our team to be in the top 25 in the nation again like we were my sophomore year, and I feel this team has the potential to do that.”

This past weekend Williams improved his ranking from 12th in the nation to sixth after posting a time of 6.68 seconds in the 60-meter dash. Williams’ records include the 55-meter dash (6.23), 60-meter dash (6.59), 200-meter dash (20.60w) and the 400-meter relay (39.84) outdoors.

Williams is also the defending Southland Indoor Athlete of the Year.

The women’s new record holders include freshman Brooke Townzen (pole vault) with a vault of 11-1 3/4 feet and Katie Bragg (weight throw) with a record breaking throw of 17.13 meters (56-2 1/2).

“As a senior I try to lead the team by example,” Jones said. “The women’s team would love to make it to Nationals and win our conference indoors and outdoors.”

This season Jones has finished 6th overall in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.09 seconds. Jones has also finished 2nd overall at the Hilton Memorial with a time of 8.64 seconds.

Mecke, a Bulverde, Texas native, posted a personal best this weekend at the Houston Invitational/Multis. Mecke won the mile with a time of 4:54.77 and also placed second in the 800 meter.

The Roadrunners are headed in the right direction to compete for a Southland Conference Championship.

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