DES MOINES, IOWA — Junior Richard Garrett Jr. earned second-team All-America honors in the shot put for the second consecutive season following his 11th-place finish on Saturday at the NCAA Championships.
The Southland Conference Champion recorded a measurement of 61-9 ¾ (18.84m) on his third and final put of the morning (he fouled on his first two attempts), but the Garland native was unable to advance to the nine-man final. Garrett Jr. improved three spots after earning second-team accolades with a 14th-place effort a year ago and he now owns a total of three All-America certificates during his illustrious career (two outdoor/one indoor).
The Roadrunners, by virtue of sophomore Keyunta Hayes' fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles on Friday evening, wrapped up the four-day meet with five points, which is the second-highest team total in program history. That was good for 43rd place in the team standings and the finish bested the previous school outdoor record of 45th (six points), which came at the 1996 national meet. UTSA now has scored points in four of the last six NCAA Championships (also scored in 2007, '08 and '10).
Florida rallied past LSU by winning the final event of the meet, the 1,600m relay, for the National Championship. The Gators scored 50 points, while the Tigers (48) and three-time defending champion Texas A&M (40) rounded out the top three.