Two gold medals highlight track’s showing


Zahara Latson

Jemuel Miller competes in the men’s long jump during UTSA’s Roadrunner Invitational last week. Miller competed at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships last month and took sixth in the triple jump.

Julia Maenius, Assistant Sports Editor

Gold medal finishes from Bashiru Abdullahi and Alanah Yukich highlighted the UTSA track and field team’s showing at the 44 Farms Team Invitational on April 8-9 at Texas A&M. The men’s team returned home with 11 top-10 finishes and the women with 10. Three podium finishes from Abdullahi, Yukich and Lacee Barnes fueled the Roadrunners’ success.

On the track, the Roadrunners saw seven top-10 finishes for the men. Jose Garcia crossed the line in the 200 meters with a 21.14 time. Diego Pettorossi followed behind him at 21.30 for an eighth-place finish. Victor Charo finished the 800 meters in ninth place with a time of 1:56.20. Abdullahi won the only men’s gold medal for the meet in the 110-meter hurdles. The Nigerian runner crossed the finish line after 13.75w. In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Adan Hernandez, Idol Ramon and Landon Blankenship finished sixth, eighth and 10th, respectively. UTSA finished the 4×400-meter relay in seventh place with a 3:24.35 time. 

In the field events, UTSA had four top-10 finishes. Jonathan Barraza vaulted a 4.92m jump in pole vault for a ninth-place finish. In shot put, Jorge Ayala tossed a 16.24m and Angel Robles threw 15.56m. Paul Bouey threw the discus 47.94m for a 10th-place finish. In the decathlon, Joel McFarlane finished fifth overall with 6,409 points.

On the track for the women, Marie Duvigneau sealed an eighth-place finish in the 400-meters with a 55.56 time. Brooke Lomax was one place off a podium finish in the 800 meters with a 2:13.39 time for fourth place. Maddy Blair ran a 2:27.03 for an eighth-place finish. Yukich broke the meet record in the 400-meter hurdles with a gold-medal 58.80 time. Savana Alt ran a 12:16.74 3,000-meter steeplechase for ninth place. In the 4×400-meter relay, UTSA won fourth with a 3:52.41 race.

Lacee Barnes highlighted the field events for the women with two top-10 finishes and a bronze medal. The Cayman Islands native threw a 15.21-meter throw for third place in the shot put. In the discus, Barnes tossed a 46.22m for fourth place. In the hammer throw, Acacia Astwood threw 50.77 meters for a fourth-place finish. Maren Wilms finished the heptathlon in sixth place with 4,826 points. 

The Roadrunners return to the track as they travel to Walnut, Calif. for the Mt. SAC Relays April 14-16.