King finishes runner-up in the Houston Invitational

Luke Lawhorn, Sports Editor

HOUSTON – Amaya King finished with the silver in the women’s shot put event on Friday afternoon as UTSA competed in the Houston Invitational in Yeoman Fieldhouse.

The throwers were the highlight of the day for the Roadrunners, having five top-eight finishes.

King starred in her third meet as a ‘Runner with the second place finish. 

The Purdue transfer recorded a season-best throw of 15.06 meters (49-5) to secure her runner-up position. King opened the day with a mark of 14.35m (47-1), which sat her in third place through the first round. After the three foul throws and a 13.89m (46-7) on her fourth attempt, King finished with her highest mark on the sixth and final throw of her short UTSA career.

Paul Bouey finished in fifth place in the men’s shot put. The Chile native opened with a throw of 15.53m (50-11.50) on his first attempt and a 15.52m (50-11) on his second. Bouey’s best mark would come in the third round, where he would reach a distance of 15.67m (51.05).

Jorge Ayala, who also competed in the men’s shot put, finished in eighth place with a distance of 15.44m (50-08).

Isabella Simonelli and Acacia Astwood competed in the women’s weight throw, placing sixth and seventh, respectively. Simonelli finished with a best throw of 17.11m (56-01) in her fifth attempt, while Astwood claimed a best of 17.09m (56-01) in her fourth attempt.

Gabe Hernandez and Michael Paredes represented UTSA in the men’s mile. Hernandez managed to finish the eight laps with a time of 4:31.62, landing him in 12th place. Paredes followed closely behind, finishing in 13th place and clocking a time of 4:32.12.

Savanah Lopez placed eighth in the women’s mile, the highest finish for any woman racer for the Roadrunners. Lopez closed with a time of 5:22.45, while teammate Chante Dixon came in 10th place with a time of 5:25.15. 

UTSA will travel to New York City this Friday-Saturday, Feb. 3-4, to compete in the Scarlet Knights Open.