SAN ANTONIO — UTSA posted 10 victories and five other athletes finished as the top collegian at Friday's Trinity Tigers Relays.
Leading the way was the 400-meter relay quartet of freshmen Shahira Ehiemua and Chiugo Okonkwo and sophomores Krystal Wynn and Jhorden Hunter, which peeled off the third-best performance in program history in winning the event. The foursome passed the baton around the Trinity University Track & Field Complex oval in 45.63 and that ranks as the top time in the Southland Conference this season.
Junior Zaquita McClanahan also moved to the top of the league leaderboard with her winning performance in the shot put. The Hurst native launched the implement a personal-record 48-10 ¾ (14.89m), which added more than a foot-and-a-half to her previous career best, and it ranks behind only Kim Bush (49-10/15.19m) on the program's all-time performers chart.
Other gold medalists for the Roadrunners included Hunter in the 100m (11.82), Ehiemua in the 200m (PR 24.76), junior Briony Miller in the quarter (56.45), sophomore Grace Williamson in the 800m (2:11.56), senior Courtney Nelson in the 3,000m steeplechase (12:06.17), junior Stacia Newton in the discus (145-2/44.26m) and junior Katie Bragg in the hammer (172-7/52.60m). The 1,600m relay team of freshman Dernisha Harris, Wynn, Miller and Williamson also was victorious (3:55).
Meanwhile, sophomore April Benavidez matched her school record in the pole vault with her second-place clearance of 11-11 ¾ (3.65m) and she finished the event as the top collegian.
Sophomore Samantha Fish (PR 18:06.90/5k), freshman Adrienne Mosby (PR 14.45/100m hurdles), junior Shartanae Swearengin (PR 1:02.99/400m hurdles) and sophomore Laura Oseghae (PR 19-3 ½/5.88m/long jump) also posted top collegiate finishes.
UTSA also saw two of its athletes compete at this week's Texas Relays.
Junior Chenale Smith recorded a fifth-place finish in the high jump on Friday with her mark of 5-7 (1.70m), while senior Dana Mecke clocked a 4:34.74 the next day in her first 1,500m race since winning the 2010 Southland title.
The Roadrunners will return to action next weekend at the Texas State Invitational. The two-day meet gets underway on Friday, April 6, in San Marcos.