Track headlines Houston Meet


Jack Myer

Jake McDaniel glides over the bar during high jump. Both track teams competed in the Houston G-5 and Mid-Major Invitational over the Jan. 31 weekend.

Lindsey Mione, Head of Special Projects

At the end of January, the Roadrunners track and field teams competed at the Houston G5 and Mid-Major Invitational at Yeoman Fieldhouse.

On the men’s side of the Invitational, sophomore All-American Gary Haasbroek ranked fifth in the NCAA this indoor season. He finished with a final score of 5,712 points and a day-one total of 3,121 points on Friday, Jan. 31. Hassebroek ran the 60-meter hurdles in 8.4 seconds, finished pole vault at 5.00 meters (16-4.75) and the 1,000-meter run in 2:47.04. In the distance medley relay, Zach Kovar, Cameron Hudson, Caleb Devereaux and Mathew David ran in with 10:14.65. In triple jump, Andre Douglas hit 15.71 meters, placing fourth.

Freshman Joel McFarlane finished close behind Haasbroek in the heptathlon with a two-day score of 6,276 points. Four places behind McFarlane, Jake McDaniel finished his two-day score with 4,742 points.

On the women’s team, freshman Sigrid Kleive finished in fourth place for the pentathlon alongside Maren Wilms in fifth. Both girls ended their two-day score with 3,550 points. Senior Gabby Gonzales finished the 5,000-meter race in fourth place with a time of 19:04.67.

Close to the end of the Invitational on Jan. 31, Bashiru Abdullahi broke a UTSA record in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking in at 7.80 seconds—barely skimming the previously held record of 7.81 second by Carl Johnson in 2003.

In the distance medley relay, Sofia Salinas, Creshaun Cresser, Brooke Lomax and Amber Boyd ran in with a time of 12:09.37. For the 4×400-meter relay, Armstrong, Darionne Gibson, Maisey Snaith and Alanah Yukich finished in ninth place for the ‘Runners with a time of 3:52.06. Triple jump duo, Douglas and Danielle Spence pulled in a fourth-place finish on Saturday. Posting a career-best, Douglas had a 15.71-meter jump. Throwing 13.58 meters in shot put, Lacee Barnes finished in seventh place for the ‘Runners. Launching at a height of 3.40 meters, Natasha Purchas finished in 19th place for pole vault.

The ‘Runners regular indoor season will be continued into Feb. 7 and 8, hosted by Texas A&M University for the Charlie Thomas Invitational.