Track & field race for success at the Texas Relays


Triston Simpson

The ‘Runners secured six podium finishes during the meet. The ‘Runners secured one gold medal at the meet with Bashiru Abdullahi’s victory in the men’s 110M hurdles.

Julia Maenius, Magazine Editor

The UTSA track and field team secured six podium finishes at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays March 25-27. The Roadrunners were highlighted by their performance on the track, earning them a gold medal and a broken school record.

Leading the men’s team, Bashiru Abdullahi earned UTSA’s only gold medal of the meet in the invitational section of the 110-meter hurdles. Abdullahi crossed the finish line .09 seconds before Houston’s Dayo Akindele. Andrew Pirog continues the ‘Runners’ success over the hurdles with a third-place finish in the invitational section. In the first round of the 4×400-meter relay, the team of Logan Masters, Noah Rhodes, Dylan Heritage and Pirog passed the baton at a time of 3:17.70, earning them the 14th place finish. 

Jumping into the field events, the Roadrunners secured four top-ten finishes. Christie Le Roux led the charge with a bronze finish in the long jump ‘B’ division with a leap of 7.42m (24-4.25), only .22 meters behind Louisiana State University’s Ji’eem Bullock. In the triple jump’s ‘B’ division, Grant Szalek claimed a 5th place finish with a jump of 15.01 meters (49-3). Szalek continued his field success, recording a 2.07 meter (6-9.5) high jump to finish 6th in the ‘B’ division. In the throwing events, Jorge Ayala finished 10th in the shot put’s ‘B’ division with a throw of 15.37 meters (50-5.25).

Taking the lead on the track for the women’s team was Faith Roberson. Running the fastest time ever recorded by a Roadrunner, Roberson crossed the finish line in under a minute, 59.03, to secure the bronze medal and break the school record in the 400-meter hurdles. Alanah Yukich followed suit, placing third in the invitational round of the 400-hurdles with a time of 58.78. Passing the baton in the 4×400-meter relay, Faith Roberson, Taylor Armstrong, Creshaun Cresser and Alanah Yukich placed in the top 20 with a 16th place finish at 3:52.98.

Continuing her previous success, Ingeborg Gruenwald took home the silver medal in the long jump’s ‘B’ division, sailing 6.19 meters (20-3.75). Maia Campbell finished in the top ten in the ‘A’ division of the shot put with a throw of 15.37 meters (50-5.25) to earn her a 10th place finish. Lace Barnes followed suit with a 12th placemark in the ‘B’ division of the shot put, throwing 45.20 meters (148-3).

The ‘Runners will be back in action at the Texas A&M Team Invitational in College Station April 9-10 before returning home to host the Roadrunner Invitational.