Roadrunners record four runner-up performances at Texas Invitational
AUSTIN — UTSA earned silver medals in a quartet of events at Saturday's Texas Invitational.
Junior Katie Bragg followed up last week's school-record performance in the hammer with a toss of 174-11 (53.32m), which was good for second place but the top mark by a collegian. The Peachtree City, Ga., native now has finished second or better in her last three outings.
Meanwhile, classmate Zaquita McClanahan was runner-up in the shot put with her heave of 47-11 ¾ (14.62m). It was her second consecutive top-two finish and she has placed third or better in all four of her competitions this season. Texas' Amanda Van Dyke won the event with a put of 50-5 ¼ (15.37m).
The Southland Conference-leading foursome of freshman Shahira Ehiemua, sophomore Jhorden Hunter, frosh Chiugo Okonkwo and sophomore Krystal Wynn circled the Mike A. Myers Stadium track four times in 45.82 en route to a second-place performance in the day's opening running event, the 400-meter relay. Houston easily won the event in 44.63.
Senior Dana Mecke clocked a 2:11.85 in her first 800 meter race since the 2010 NCAA Championships Preliminary Rounds. The Bulverde native was 16 one-hundredths of a second behind Houston's Ciera Johnson and her time stands fourth on the league leaderboard.
The Roadrunners' other top-three performances came from junior Chenale Smith, who tied for third in the high jump with a clearance of 5-5 (1.65m), and sophomore Isabel Balbontin, who ran the 3k in 10:10.14.
UTSA will be back in action at two meets next weekend. The distance runners will travel to the West Coast for the Mt. SAC Relays, while the remainder of the squad will return to Austin for the Longhorn Invitational.