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UTSA women fifth after opening day of Southland Outdoor

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 05/13/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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NATCHITOCHES, La. —Sophomores Stacia Newton and Jaimeé Bennett combined for five points in the discus on Friday and the UTSA women's track & field team sits in a fifth-place tie after two scored events at this weekend's Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, which are being contested at Walter P. Ledet Track & Field Complex.

Newton launched the platter a career-best 152-10 (46.58m) en route to fifth-place honors. That added more than seven feet better to her previous PR established during her freshman campaign (145-7/44.38m) and the mark places her fourth on the program's all-time performer's chart. Meanwhile, Bennett recorded a 147-11 (45.09m) measurement, which was good for eighth in the field of 22 throwers. Northwestern State's Tracey Rew easily won the event with the best toss in league history (180-1/54.89m).

Stephen F. Austin leads the team standings with 23 points and it is followed by host Northwestern State (15), McNeese State (12) and Texas State (9). The Roadrunners and Lamar are one spot back of the lead pack.

In other action, senior Aimee Jonas stands eighth after the first four events of the heptathlon. The La Vernia native has scored 2,898 points and is less than 100 out of fourth place. She won the pentathlon at February's Southland Indoor.

The three-day meet continues on Saturday.

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