Flying home with the gold

Roadrunners win nine total gold medals in New York

Luke Lawhorn, Sports Editor

NEW YORK CITY – In one of the most prestigious track venues in the sport, UTSA traveled to New York City and competed amongst the best athletes in the nation at the Armory Track.

The Roadrunners are returning home with nine gold medals, having won six events over the weekend at the Scarlet Knights Open. 

Bashiru Abdullahi won the 60-meter hurdles event, tying his school record with a time of 7.77 in the final. Jack Turner (9th) and Joel McFarlane (12) also competed in the event, clocking times of 8.39 and 8.58, respectively. 

Gabriel Binion and Jemuel Miller finished first and second in the men’s triple jump event. The transfer from Australia leaped a distance of 15.44-m (50-8) on his final jump, moving him to No. 5 on UTSA’s all-time performers list.

Miller, who was initially in first place, jumped 15.40m (50-6.25) on his second attempt. Jacob Jenkins placed fifth in the event with a distance of 15.15m (49-8.50).

In the men’s long jump event, four Roadrunners placed in the Top 5. Miller would take the win. The 7.63m (25-0.5) distance on his fourth attempt was good enough to win the event and tie for second on UTSA’s all-time performers list.

Michael Campbell won both the men’s weight throw on Friday night and the men’s shot put on Saturday. 

The Connecticut native had an event-best 17.10m (56-1.25) on his fifth throw. Teammates Paul Bouey and Angel Robles finished second and third, giving UTSA the clean podium sweep. 

Trevion McCalla and Dennis Phillips finished with gold and silver in the men’s 60m event on Saturday night. McCalla crossed the finish line in 6.79 seconds, while Phillips ran a 6.83.

Phillips turned around and won the men’s 200m event with a time of 21.40, while McCalla finished third with a 21.66.

Phillips, along with Mike Roth, Logan Masters and Noah Rhodes, took home the win in the men’s 4x400m relay with a time of 3:16.24. 

The women finished runner-up in their 4x4m relay, clocking a 3:50.80.

Alanah Yukich, who was the anchor leg in the 400m relay, finished second overall in the 400m hurdles race with a time of 56.19.

UTSA will compete in one final race before the Conference USA Indoor Championships. The Roadrunners will travel to Houston for the Howie Ryan Invitational on Friday, Feb. 10.