Track and Field competes at Charlie Thomas Invitational


Julia Maenius, Assistant Sports Editor

 The UTSA track and field team traveled to College Station last weekend to compete at the Charlie Thomas Invitational hosted by Texas A&M. The two-day event saw UTSA returning to the Alamo City with 13 top-10 finishes, with four Roadrunners stepping onto the podium.

The men’s team finished fifth overall at the meet. Diego Pettorossi crossed the finish line in the 200-meter race in fifth with a time of 21.30 for UTSA’s first top-10 showing. Dennis Phillips crossed next for the Roadrunners at 21.39 for a 10th place spot on the leaderboard. The distance medley relay team of Victor Chara, Daniel Morales, Michael Paredes and JD Corona timed a 10:19.30 race, only three seconds behind Stephen F. Austin’s sixth-place team. 

After the mid-distance showings, the field event Roadrunners made their campaign. Christiaan Le Roux continues to lead UTSA in the sand with a fifth-place long jump of 7.23m. Le Roux was edged out by Abilene Christian’s William Harris, who recorded a 7.29 jump for fourth-place. A double podium feature in the triple jump saw Jemuel Miller and Grant Szalek in first and third place, respectively. Miller brought home the gold for UTSA with a 15.59m leap. Szalek earned a bronze for his 14.92m jump. Nathan Crawford-Wallis of Prairie View A&M was sandwiched between the Roadrunners with a second-place jump of 15.23m. 

The women’s team secured a top-10 finish as well at eighth-place. Maddie Boswell clocked a time of 9:45.53 in the 3,000-meter race to earn a sixth-place spot. Boswell was four seconds behind fifth-place Niki Narayani from Vanderbilt. Abby Balli crossed the finish line in the 3,000 meters at 9:51.42 for ninth-place. 

Kicking off the field events for the women, Sigrid Kleive leapt over the high jump bar, clearing 1.60m for a six-way tie for seventh-place. Kleive was 0.08m from Angel Richmore of Stephen F. Austin in sixth-place. After her record-breaking leap earlier this season, Gruenwald broke her own school record at this meet by landing a gold medal long jump of 6.35m. Gruenwald was nearly a meter in front of second-place Samiyah Samuels who measured a 5.85m jump. Oreoluwa Adamson landed a 5.68m sixth-place long jump. Danielle Spence earned a bronze medal in the triple jump. Spence skipped 12.56m for a podium finish. Lacee Barnes gave UTSA another top-10 finish by throwing a 14.44m toss in the shot put to finish the meet in seventh-place.

The Roadrunners will return to competition at the Conference USA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Al. on Feb. 19 and 20. Following the C-USA championships, qualified athletes will compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Al. on March 11 and 12 before the start of the outdoor spring season with a home meet on March 18.