Bragg extends UTSA hammer record at Texas State Invitational
SAN MARCOS — Junior Katie Bragg won the hammer throw for the second consecutive week and extended her school record in the process to highlight the UTSA women's track & field team's two days of action at this weekend's Texas State Invitational.
Bragg recorded a measurement of 179-10 (54.81m) in her gold-medal performance on Friday and the Peachtree City, Ga., native added nearly two feet to program mark she established at last season's Texas Relays (178-1/54.28m). She also moved to the top of the Southland Conference standings and now holds a greater-than-five-foot advantage over Southeastern Louisiana's Jessica Fekete.
Junior Chenale Smith was the Roadrunners' other winner this weekend, as she won the high jump on Saturday with a clearance of 5-7 (1.70m). It marked her first victory in her inaugural season in the Alamo City and she now has finished in the top five in all three of her outings to begin the spring.
UTSA also received a trio of second-place efforts from junior Zaquita McClanahan, sophomore Alyssa Diaz and freshman Stephanie Wangui on the final day of the event.
McClanahan continued her strong start to the campaign in the shot put following her heave of 48-1 ¼ (14.66m). She recorded the measurement on her first attempt of the day and passed in the final three rounds. Rice's Clair Uke won the meet title with a toss of 48-3 ½ (14.72m). The Hurst native, who was victorious at last Friday's Trinity Tigers Relays, now has earned medals in all three of her outings this season.
Meanwhile, Diaz clocked a 10:15.33 in the 3,000 meters and sophomore teammate Samantha Fish was third in 10:28.25.
Wangui raced to a personal-best 2:15.19 in a runner-up performance in the 800 meters. The Leander native shaved almost three seconds off the time she recorded at last week's Trinity Tigers Relays (2:18.11). Abilene Christian's Ayesha Rumble won the event in 2:13.63.
Junior Stacia Newton (146-7/44.69m/discus), sophomores Isabel Balbontin (PR 4:43.80/1,500m) and Laura Oseghae (39-5/12.01m/triple jump) and the 400m relay team of freshmen Shahira Ehiemua and Chiugo Okonkwo and sophomores Krystal Wynn and Jhorden Hunter (46.25) all won bronze medals.
The Roadrunners will travel to Austin next Saturday, April 14, for the Texas Invitational.