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Bragg wins Southland Outdoor Championship in hammer on Sunday

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NATCHITOCHES, La. — Sophomore Katie Bragg won UTSA's first-ever Southland Conference Championship in the hammer throw on Sunday and the Roadrunners finished sixth in the team standings at this weekend's outdoor meet at Walter P. Ledet Track & Field Complex.

Bragg tossed the implement 175-2 (53.39m) and she defeated Northwestern State's Trecey Rew by 10 inches. The Peachtree City, Ga., native's winning mark came on her fourth attempt of the afternoon and it gave the Roadrunners their lone gold medal of the three-day meet. Senior captain Taelor Wilson finished fourth with a new personal record of 167-8 (51.11m) and she now stands second only to Bragg on the program's all-time performers chart.

UTSA finished the weekend with 67.5 points. Stephen F. Austin ran away with its third consecutive team championship with 164 points, while meet host Northwestern State (102) and Sam Houston State (85.5) rounded out the top three.

Freshman April Benavidez matched her school record of 11-11 ¾ (3.65m) in a fourth-place finish in the pole vault. It marked the fourth time this season that she either tied or broke the program record.

The Roadrunners received four more points in the field courtesy of sophomore Eboni Johnson, who placed fifth (39-4 ½/12.00m) in the triple jump.

In the running finals, UTSA saw three of its athletes score.

The freshman trio of Jhorden Hunter (11.97/sixth/100m), Grace Williamson (2:18.58/seventh/800m) and Nina Herrera (4:41.06/eighth/1,500m) accounted for a total of a half dozen tallies.

The squad's remaining eight points came from its two relays.

The 400m quartet of freshmen Laura Oseghae, Krstal Wynn, Greneshia Wright and Hunter circled the track in 46.88, which was good for fourth, while the 1,600m foursome of senior Shavonne Armbrister, sophomore Briony Miller, Wynn and sophomore Shartanae Swearengin passed the baton in 3:52.90 en route to a sixth-place effort.

The NCAA Championships get underway in two week with the preliminary rounds. The Roadrunners will head west to Eugene, Ore., for the three-day meet that begins on Thursday, May 26.

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