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Freshmen shine at Bobcats Invitational on Saturday

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 05/01/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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SAN MARCOS — Freshmen stole the show for the UTSA women's track & field team at Saturday's Bobcats Invitational.

April Benavidez tacked four inches onto her school pole vault record en route to a runner-up performance, Grace Williamson moved to the top of the Southland Conference leaderboard with her winning effort in the 800 meter run and the 400m relay quartet — made up of four frosh — posted the league's fastest time on its way to a gold medal.

Benavidez cleared 11-11 ¾ (3.65m) for her second top-three showing in the last three meets. After missing her first two attempts to add to her program mark, the Elsa native cleared the bar for her third record of her inaugural campaign and she moved up from fifth to third in the league standings. Southland leader Elena Horn (Texas State) won the event with her 12-11 ½ (3.95m) clearance.

Meanwhile, Williamson finished first in the 25-woman 800m field with her career-best time of 2:09.35. That not only shaved nearly two-and-a-half seconds off her previous PR of 2:11.74 established at the Mt. SAC Relays two weeks ago, but it also propelled her to the top of the circuit's rankings by almost two full seconds. The Houston native has improved by more than five seconds since opening the season with a 2:14.55 at the Victor Lopez Classic.

The freshman foursome of Laura Oseghae, Krystal Wynn, Greneshia Wright, Jhorden Hunter passed the baton in a Southland season-best 45.90 in another winning effort by the Roadrunners. UTSA now holds a 19 one-hundredths of a second advantage over second-place UT Arlington in the conference standings.

The Roadrunners also received a pair of gold medals in the throwing events.

Sophomore Zaquita McClanahan won the shot put with a PR of 47-3 ¾ (14.42m), which was an improvement of seven-and-a-half inches over her season-opening heave at the Victor Lopez Classic. The Hurst native ranks second on the school's all-time performers list.

Meanwhile, fellow sophomore Katie Bragg was victorious in the hammer on Friday with her 168-3 (51.28m) measurement.

UTSA will take next weekend off in preparation for the Southland Outdoor Championships, which are scheduled for May 13-15 in Natchitoches, La.

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