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Benavidez adds to UTSA pole vault record on Saturday

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 02/06/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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HOUSTON/NEW YORK Freshman April Benavidez extended her program pole vault record and sophomore Zaquita McClanahan collected a gold medal in the shot put to lead the UTSA women's track & field team this weekend.

Benavidez cleared 11-9 ¾ (3.60m) en route to a fourth-place finish on Saturday at the Howie Ryan All-Comers in Houston. The Elsa native added two inches to the standard she established earlier this year at the season-opening Leonard Hilton Memorial. The vault moved her into sole possession of second place on the Southland Conference leaderboard.

McClanahan followed her school record a week ago by winning her first-ever collegiate shot put title at the Ryan All-Comers. The Hurst native put the implement 44-7 (13.49m) to defeat Sam Houston State's Christina Webb by three-and-a-half inches.

The Roadrunners' other top-three performance in the Bayou City came from freshman Laura Oseghae. The San Antonio native skipped to a bronze medal in the triple jump in her first action of the season. She recorded a 38-1 ¼ (11.61m) measurement, which is tied for third on the program's all-time performers chart, and it stands sixth in the league standings.

Meanwhile, UTSA also received several strong performances at the two-day New Balance Invitational in New York City.

Sophomore Eboni Johnson led the way with a silver medal in the triple jump's college division on Saturday. The Channelview native out-skipped her previous personal best by nearly two inches with her 40-2 ¼ (12.25m) and added to her conference lead. South Carolina's Radiance Basden broke the sand in 40-4 ¼ (12.30m) to win the event.

On Friday night, the distance medley relay quartet of freshman Nina Herrera, senior Shavonne Armbrister and freshmen Grace Williamson and Isabel Balbontin recorded the third-best time in school history, 12:05.50, in a fifth-place finish in the college section. It bested the team's previous season best by nearly 34 second and propelled UTSA atop the Southland rankings.

The Roadrunners also saw freshman Greneshia Wright finish seventh in the college long jump on Friday with a PR of 18-10 (5.74m), Herrera place eighth in the college mile (Southland-leading 5:00.10) on Saturday and sophomore Katie Bragg record a season-best 55-3 (16.84m) in the weight throw championship division during the final day of action.

UTSA will take the next two weeks off before traveling to Norman, Okla., for the Southland Indoor Championships, which are scheduled for Feb. 25-26.

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