Hayes takes over national lead in 400-meter hurdles at Pepsi Florida Relays
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — All-American Keyunta Hayes clocked the nation's fastest 400-meter hurdles time on Friday to highlight the UTSA men's track & field team at this weekend's Pepsi Florida Relays.
One week after racing to the country's second-best time (50.36) at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, the junior from Tyler circled the Percy Beard Track in 49.59 on his way to a fourth-place finish in the field of 48 hurdlers, but he finished as the top collegian in his specialty event. The second-best time of his illustrious career was 21 hundredths of a second shy of his personal record of 49.38 established at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
Hayes also recorded a 13.97 in a 14th-place performance in the 110m hurdles on Friday in addition to running the second leg of the squad's 1,600m relay that passed the baton in 3:13.21 the following evening.
Meanwhile, All-American Keith Benford, Mike Medrano and Taylor Reed each recorded podium finishes at the two-day meet that was tabbed the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association's National Meet of the Week.
Benford tied for third in the high jump with a clearance of 6-11 (2.11m), while Medrano registered a career-best 3:48.02 on his way to a bronze medal in the 1,500m. Reed cleared 16-8 ¾ (5.10m) in the pole vault and he too finished in third place.
The Roadrunners will return to action next Saturday, April 12, at the Texas Invitational in Austin.