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Courtesy: UTSA Athletics

Bragg, Benavidez extend school records at two meets this week

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 04/09/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO — Sophomore Katie Bragg and freshman April Benavidez extended their school records in the hammer and pole vault, respectively, and sophomore Stacia Newton swept the shot put and discus championships for the second consecutive week to lead the UTSA's women's track & field team at a pair of meets this week.

Bragg tossed the implement 178-1 (54.28m) on Thursday at the 84th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, which was good for 10th place. The Peachtree City, Ga., native added five feet, nine inches to her existing program standard and moved to the top of the Southland Conference standings in the process.

Benavidez cleared 11-7 ¾ (3.55m) at the Trinity Tigers Relays on Friday to establish a new program record for the second time in the last three weeks. Her mark was good for third place and the Elsa native added two inches to her previous mark set at the Victor Lopez Classic.

Meanwhile, Newton recorded season-best measurements of 43-0 ½ (13.12m) and 145-0 (44.21m) at the Tigers Relays for the fourth and fifth titles of her two-year career. The Arlington native won the same two events at last week's Trinity Alumni Classic.

Freshman Alyssa Diaz also was victorious at the Tigers Relays after clocking a 4:50.41 in the first 1,500-meter race of her career. She went on to earn a silver medal in the 5k two-and-a-half hours later in a season-best 18:50.91.

The Roadrunners return to action next weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays and Texas State Invitational.

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