Track & field take advantage at home


Ryan Garza

Maia Campbell launches a throw during the shot put on Friday morning. Campbell has been on a tear for UTSA this season, adding three more podium finishes during this week’s meet bringing her total to five this season.

Julia Maenius, Magazine Editor

The UTSA track & field team secured 22 podium finishes during the Roadrunner Invitational at Park West Athletics Complex. Three gold medals were awarded to both the women’s and men’s teams, highlighting the success of the Roadrunners in the outdoor season.

Leading the race on the track, Bashiru Abdullahi hurdled the 110-meter race in a record-breaking 13.61 seconds, setting the school and meet record. Setting the pace in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Omar Bekdache leaped through water for a third-place finish at 9:51.30.

The ‘Runners posted a gold and silver finish in the long jump. Sam Healy claimed the gold for UTSA with a jump of 7.64 meters. Christie Le Roux followed suit with the silver at 7.54 meters. Grant Szalek stepped to the top of the podium in the triple jump after beating his competition by over a meter at 15.84. In the decathlon, Justin Wright concluded his slate in third, earning the bronze for the ‘Runners with 6,248 points.

Vera Chinedu started the women’s track brigade in the 100-meter race, claiming the silver finish at 11.60 seconds. Taylor Armstrong followed Chinedu’s lead with a silver finish of her own in the 200-meters at 24.34 seconds. Brooke Lomax set the pace for the ‘Runners in the 800-meter race, landing a bronze finish after crossing the line at 2:13.80. Abby Balli stepped to the top of the podium for her 4:39.48 finish in the 1,500 meters, besting second place by 0.16 seconds. Alanah Yukich and Faith Roberson claimed a 2-3 finish in the 100-meter hurdles, crossing at 13.67 and 14.26 seconds, respectively. Mackenzie Grimes hurdled a 1:04.34 400-meter race to contribute a third-place finish to the count. In the 4×100-meter relay, the UTSA team of Oreoluwa Adamson, Armstrong, Ingebord Gruenwald and Chinedu handed the baton off at a 47.15 second rate for a bronze medal. 

Adamson and Gruenwald leaped a gold and silver finish in the long jump, 0.05 meters separating them at 6.25 and 6.20. Johanna Soover landed a 12.13-meter triple jump for a second-place finish. Maia Campbell led the charge in the throwing events with a second-place 15.95-meter shot put and a 47.54-meter discus launch. Campbell was also third in the hammer throw, spinning a 53.50-meter throw. On the javelin field, UTSA represented the first and third-place spots as Sigrid Kleive launched a 44.90-meter throw and Marilis Remmell followed with a 43.70-meter throw. 

The ‘Runners will be back in action Saturday, April 24, in Houston at the J. Fred Duckett Twilight meet.