UTSA headed to the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Oklahoma on Friday and Saturday and the men won their seventh straight and final title while the women finished fourth.
Friday saw UTSA win five individual titles, with the women winning two and the men winning three as the championship got off to a good start.
Chenale Smith won the school’s first women’s high jump title in 18 years as she matched her personal best clearing a height of 5-8 (1.75m).
The other women’s crown on Friday went to the Distance Medley Relay team of Isabel Balbontin, Grace Williamson, Nina Herrera and Alyssa Diaz giving UTSA their third title in the event in the past four years.
It was a tense race as UTSA won by less than one second with a time of 11:59.19 just edging out Stephen F Austin in second in 11:59.48 who beat Lamar in a photo who finished in a time of 11:59.49.
The women ended the first day of competition in second place as they trailed SFA by 11.5 points, ending day one with 38 points.
The men ended Friday in a great position to win the title again as their three titles gave them 54 points, 22 ahead of SFA who were in second place.
Keith Benford defended his high jump title, adding an inch to his school record clearing 7-3 1/4 (2.22m) leading a Roadrunners 1-2 as Kerry Thompson came second, clearing 6-9 1/2 (2.07m).
Tyler Williamson successfully defended his long jump title, jumping the exact same distance as 2011 with 24-2 1/4 (7.37m).
Phil Steinert won the weight throw competition, the first in UTSA history, with his last throw of the competition a distance of 61-11 (18.87m) while Richard Garrett Jr. finished in third with a throw of 57-11 1/4 (17.66m).
The women did not do so well on Saturday, failing to win a single event and falling down the leaderboard all the way to fourth.
Despite that, two Roadrunners did manage to make the podium as Eboni Johnson came in third in the triple jump with a mark of 39-10 3/4 (12.16m) while Herrera came third in the mile with a time of 5:04.69.
The men, however, had a better day on Saturday as they successfully won their seventh straight crown, becoming the first school in conference history to do so, passing Lamar’s mark of six straight.
Saturday saw three more individual titles as the Roadrunners extended their lead from 22 points to 35 points, winning the competition with a total of 134 points.
Richard Garrett Jr. successfully defended his shot put crown destroying the competition with a throw of 60-8 1/2 (18.50m) beating second place by almost three and a half feet.
Keyunta Hayes won the 60 meter hurdles, UTSA’s only sprint crown of the meet in a career best time of 7.89 seconds before he then went on to get bronze in the 400m with another career best of 48.71.
Chrishunn Jamerson rounded out the championship winners as he won the 800m handing UTSA a comfortable victory for their seventh straight title, and a good stepping stone to the Western Athletic Conference for next year.
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