April Benavidez, Richard Garrett Jr. and Phil Steinert have all broken UTSA records in the track and field season-opening Leonard Hilton Memorial.
Benavidez set a new mark in the Women’s Pole Vault of 11-7 ¾ (3.30m) beating the old mark by two inches and leaving her in seventh place.
Garrett used his school record put of 59-11 ¼ (18.27m) to win the Men’s Shot Put event, breaking his own record from last year by over a foot and winning the event by over six feet.
Steinert was the third record breaker for UTSA setting a new school record of 56-4 (17.17m) breaking the former record by barely one centimeter.
The defending Southland champions had a great start to the year as both the women and men had a number of superb performances.
The Roadrunners had four finishers in the top-five in the Women’s weight throw, lead by Katie Bragg with 54-1 ¼ (16.49m) finishing just 1 ¼ inch behind first place while Taelor Wilson also medaled with 49-8 ½ (15.15m) for bronze.
Eboni Johnson was the Roadrunner women’s other field medalist, finishing second in the triple jump with a lead of 40-0 ½ (12.2m) a personal best.
The track also saw a medal with Jhorden Hunter opening her college career with a bronze in the 60 meters with 7.49 seconds. The result left the UTSA women in fourth place in the team standings with 74 points.
The men also had a fantastic night, winning the men’s team title easily with 153.5 points. Outside of the records there were a number of other brilliant performances.
Taylor Reed marked his Roadrunner debut (after transferring from UT-Tyler) with a silver medal in the Men’s Pole Vault with 16-0 ¾ (4.9m). Keith Benford also did well in the high jump with 6-10 ¾ (2.09m) winning gold to go with his silver from last year. Devon Bond rounded out the field medals with a gold in the triple jump with a leap of 49-4 ½ (15.01m).
The track also saw some great performances from the men, Cole Reveal having a busy night winning two medals, a gold in the mile with 4:16:38 and a bronze in the 5,000m with 15:33:95, pipped to silver by fellow Roadrunner Albert Cardenas (the top collegian) by one-hundredth of a second.
UTSA earned two medals in the 800m as Crisshun Jamerson (1:56.7) and Brady Hand (1:57.36) on their college debuts won gold and bronze respectively.
Nate Brunette also managed a bronze with his 22.57 in the 200m while Keyunta Hayes finished fourth (second collegian) in the 60m hurdles in 8.05.
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