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Track & field teams to compete at two meets this weekend

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 02/03/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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SAN ANTONIO — The UTSA track & field teams return to action this weekend when they travel to New York City for prestigious New Balance Invitational and Houston for the Howie Ryan All-Comers in what will be their final tune-ups for the Southland Conference Indoor Championships (Feb. 25-26 in Norman, Okla.).

More than 100 teams will compete at the two-day meet in the The Big Apple, which argulably is the top event during the NCAA's indoor season. Action gets underway at 10 a.m. (CT) on Friday and runs through 8 p.m. at the New Balance Track & Field Center, which is located in the historic 168th Street Armory in upper Manhattan. Meanwhile, Saturday compeition begins at 8 a.m. (click here for a complete schedule). Comprehensive meet information, live video and real-time results can be found by clicking here.

UTSA also will send a contingent of athletes to Saturday's meet in the Bayou City. Click here for more information on that event.

Two UTSA men currently rank among the top 15 nationally in their respective events.

Sophomore Keith Benford's 7-1 ¾ (2.18m) clearance two weeks ago at the Texas Tech Invitational ranks 14th in the NCAA, while fellow sophomore Richard Garrett Jr.'s school-record shot put measurement of 59-11 ¼ (18.27m), which was recorded in winning performance at the season-opening Leonard Hilton Memorial, also stands 14th in the country. Both athletes have yet to lose in two outings this season.

All told, a half dozen Roadrunners enter this weekend's two meets atop the Southland leaderboards.

The women have three athletes that reside in first place in the league standings.

Freshman Jhorden Hunter leads the 60m rankings with her season-opening 7.49 registered at the Leonard Hilton Memorial and senior Shavonne Armbrister peeled off a 57.36 at last weekend's Houston Invitational/Multis 400m competition. Meanwhile, sophomore Eboni Johnson rounds out the trio of Roadrunners with her season-opening 40-0 ½ (12.20m) measurement in the triple jump.

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