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.