The UTSA track & field team recorded 24 top 10 finishes at the Texas A&M Team Invitational April 9-10, in College Station. The men’s team secured two podium finishes in the long jump, highlighting the success of the team. The six podium finishes for the women’s team led the performance on the field and in the throwing ring.
Jake Smith grasped the first top 20 finish for the men’s team with an eighth-place finish in the 1,500 meter race with a time of 3:59.74. Following suit, Jack Turner crossed the finish line in the 110-meter hurdles clocking a time of 15:13 for an eighth-place finish. Capping the top 10 in the 400-meter hurdles, Justin Wright secured a 10th place finish at 1:11.42. The men’s 4×100-meter relay team of King Antony Ma, Lirim Emerllahu, Logan Masters and Kaleb Campbell claimed the fourth-place finish 0.81 seconds behind McNeese State with a time of 42.07. The 4×400-meter relay team of Andrew Pirog, Noah Rhodes, Dylan Heritage and Masters recorded a 3:18.64 finish to round out the men’s track top 10 finishes.
Highlighting the men’s field success, Sam Healy recorded a gold finish with a 7.62 meter long jump. 0.14 meters behind Healy was Christie Le Roux with the 7.48 meter silver finish. In the shot put ring, Jorge Ayala claimed the fourth-place finish with a throw of 15.98 meter. Angel Robles secured an eighth-place finish for the Roadrunners with a 14.88 meter toss.
Vera Chinedu took the first top 10 finish on the track for the women’s team, crossing the finish line of the 100 meter race in ninth place with a time of 11.98 seconds. Stepping onto the podium in the second-place spot was Brooke Lomax, finishing at 2:13.32 in the 800 meters. Sofia Salinas followed after Lomax for a ninth-place finish. Abby Balli claimed the gold medal in the 1,500 meter with a time of 4:36.99. Continuing the trend, Faith Roberson led the charge in the 400-meter hurdles with a champion time of 58.84 seconds. Maren Wilms trailed Roberson with a ninth-place finish at 1:03.43. Mackenzie Grimes crossed the line one second after Wilms in 10th at 1:04.14. The 4×100-meter relay landed the fifth-place finish at 3:48.43 with the team of Oreoluwa Adamson, Taylor Armstrong, Vera Chinedu and Creshaun Cresser. Stopping the clock at 3:48.43, Alanah Yukich, Armstrong, Chinedu and Cresser’s 4×400-meter relay team claimed the seventh-place finish.
Taking charge of the field events, Marilis Remmel stepped to the top of the podium for a 45.55 meter throw in the javelin, breaking the school record for the event. Johanna Soover finished first for the ‘Runners in the triple jump with a fourth-place jump of 12.22 meters. Ingeborg Gruenwald followed suit in sixth place with a leap of 12.17 meters. Adamson rounded out the triple jumpers with a seventh-place finish at 12.16 meters. Breaking the UTSA record in the shot put that had stood for eight years, Maia Campbell chalked her name into the records with a throw of 15.77 meter. Lacee Barnes recorded the ninth-place finish at 13.65 meters. Barnes set a school record of her own in the discus with a 51.52 meter throw. Campbell concluded the women’s field events, throwing the hammer 54.69 meters, breaking her second school record of the meet.
The ‘Runners will be back in action on the track April 15-17, at the Park West Athletic Complex, where they will host the Roadrunner Invitational.