FRISCO — Freshman Shahira Ehiemua was named Southland Conference Outdoor Freshman of the Year, the league office announced on Thursday. She is the first athlete in program history to earn the award.
Ehiemua led all freshmen with her team-leading 16.5 points at last weekend's Southland Outdoor Championships in San Marcos. The Missouri City native ran the led leg of UTSA's championship 400-meter relay that clocked the second-fastest time in conference history (44.81) and it marked the second time the quartet set a school record this spring. She went on to place second in the 100m (11.71) and third in the deuce (23.91). Ehiemua qualified for both finals with personal bests in the preliminary heats.
Her efforts helped lead the Roadrunners to second place in the team standings with 139.5 points and it was the program's best finish since it successfully defended its league title in 1997. Stephen F. Austin rallied in the meet’s final event, the 1,600m relay, to win its fourth consecutive championship and the Ladyjacks' two-and-a-half-point margin of victory was the closest since UTSA edged UT Arlington by one point in 1993.
The Roadrunners will be back in action next weekend when they begin competition at the NCAA Championships Preliminary Rounds in Austin. The three-day meet gets underway on Thursday, May 24, at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.