NEW ORLEANS, La. —
The UTSA men's track & field team inched closer to achieving the second national ranking in Roadrunners athletics department history on Tuesday when it moved up 21 spots to 27th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCA) standings.
The Birds, who stood at 48th a week ago, have 71.39 points and are two spots from entering the Top 25 Poll, 10.33 behind No. 25 Arkansas.
Leading the way is senior All-American Teddy Williams, who has accumulated points in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Also earning scores are junior Devon Bond (triple jump/high jump), freshman Keith Benford (high jump) and the squad's 400m relay team.
Williams is tied with Auburn's Marcus Rowland for the nation's top 100m time this spring (10.03w/t-10th in the world this year) and the Tyler native is in a three-way tie for 12th in the deuce (20.63). Meanwhile, Bond stands ninth in the triple jump with his UTSA-record 52-10 ¾ (16.12m) and 44th in the high jump (6-11 ¾/2.13m). All four of those marks occurred at last weekend's Southland meet, which UTSA won with a school-record 148 points.
Benford is 29th in the high jump with his school-record tying clearance of 7-0 ½ (2.15m) established at last month's Mt. SAC Relays and wrapping up the half dozen scoring performances is the 400m relay quartet that owns the country's ninth-fastest time, a school-record 39.59 recorded at April's Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
It was this week two years ago that the Roadrunners moved up 35 spots from 60th to 25th in the USTFCCA Top 25 Poll to become the first program in UTSA Athletics annals to earn a national ranking.
UTSA returns to the track next weekend for the NCAA Championships Preliminary Round in Austin. The three-day meet starts on Thursday, May 27, at Mike A. Myers Stadium.