UTSA women get three victories at Friday's Leonard Hilton Memorial
HOUSTON — UTSA registered three victories and a total of nine podium finishes at Friday's Leonard Hilton Memorial.
Leading the way was senior triple jumper Eboni Johnson, who was victorious for the second consecutive week. The Channelview native skipped to a measurement of 39-11 ¼ (12.17m), which was a four-inch improvement from last weekend's winning mark at the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational. Johnson defeated Texas Southern's Terralyn Johnson by more than a foot for the second meet title of her career.
Meanwhile, junior Grace Williamson won the 800 meters after breaking the tape in 2:15.17. That was a second faster than Rice's Keltie John and classmate Nina Herrera finished two spots behind her teammate with a personal-best time of 2:17.34. It marked Williamson's second gold medal in three outings this year and the third championship of her three-year career.
The Roadrunners' other triumph of the event came in the distance medley relay. Junior Alyssa Diaz, sophomore Stephanie Wangui, Herrera and junior Samantha Fish passed the baton in a season-best 12:08.89, which was good for an eight-second victory against Rice's quartet of runners.
UTSA added three runner-up performances in field competition.
Senior Katie Bragg placed second in the weight throw with a season-long toss of 55-11 (17.04m), while junior Madeline Hurdt picked up a gold medal in the shot put with a PR of 46-2 (14.07m). Sophomore Whitney Flannel recorded the squad's other second-place effort with a career-best clearance of 5-7 (1.70m) in the high jump.
The team's other podium finishes came in distance events, as Diaz was third in the mile (PR 5:01.51) and senior Jessica Bitterly earned a bronze in the 5k (18:41.33).
Sophomore Shahira Ehiemua had a strong day in the 60m. The Missouri City native raced to the second-fastest qualifying time (7.57) before peeling off the top mark of the semifinals (PR 7.50/currently tops WAC season leaderboard). She did not compete in the evening final.
The Roadrunners will return to the Bayou City next weekend for the Howie Ryan Invitational & Multis. The two-day meet gets underway on Friday, Jan. 25.