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Newton sweeps discus, shot put titles at Trinity Alumni Classic

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 04/03/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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SAN ANTONIO — Sophomore Stacia Newton led a UTSA women's track & field contingent that recorded a total of 10 first-place performances with two of her own on Friday at the Trinity Alumni Classic.

Newton opened her daily double with a 143-4 (43.69m) measurement in the discus and she then put the shot 42-5 ½ (12.94m) an hour-and-a-half later. The discus title was the first of her two-year career, while the shot put crown was her second.

Freshman Jhorden Hunter made a successful season debut in the 100 meter dash. The Missouri City native clocked an 11.64 in the second of four preliminary heats, a time that put her fourth on the program's all-time performer's chart, and it was the fastest in the 27-woman field. She improved that mark by four one-hundredths of a second (11.60) en route to gold in the final and she moved to the top of the Southland Conference standings (17th nationally). Fellow frosh Krystal Wynn finished third in 11.79.

The victories kept coming in the sprints, as senior Shavonne Armbrister circled the Trinity Track & Field Stadum oval in 56.92 to best the field of 19 competitors and the all-freshman 400m relay quartet of Hunter, Wynn, Greneshia Wright and Laura Oseghae easily crossed the line in first after passing the baton in 46.29.

The Roadrunners distance crew added three victories.

Freshman Samantha Fish registered the fourth-best 3,000m steeplechase performance in school history with her 11.28.70 and moved into first place on the league leaderboard in the process.

Meanwhile, freshman Grace Williamson won the 800m in a career-best 2:12.21 (second SLC), edging fellow first-year performer Nina Herrera, who placed second in personal-record time of 2:12.94 (fourth SLC).

Sophomore Jessica Bitterly rounded out the trifecta of gold medals after clocking a 18:40.86 in the inaugural 5k of her career.

UTSA's ninth championship came from sophomore Eboni Johnson, who skipped to a windy PR of 40-7 ½ (12.38m) in claiming the triple jump title, and the 10th and final was earned by senior Taelor Wilson in a career-long performance in the hammer (162-9/49.62m).

The Roadrunners will return to action at a pair of meets next week. The 84th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays are scheduled to be contested from Wednesday-Saturday, April 6-9, in Austin, while the local Trinity Tigers Relays are slated for Friday, April 8.

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