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UTSA women to compete at Southland Conference Championships this weekend

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SAN ANTONIO — The UTSA women's track & field program returns to action this weekend when it competes at its final Southland Conference Outdoor Championships.

The three-day event is scheduled to get underway on Friday at the Texas State Track & Field Stadium in San Marcos. Click here for the meet's complete schedule and real-time results will be available here.

Three Roadrunners come into the meet atop the league leaderboard in four events and UTSA's 400-meter relay also tops the conference.

L eading the way is senior Dana Mecke, who owns the circuit's top times in the 800m and metric mile this spring. The Bulverde native has clocked season bests of 2:07.74 and 4:24.33 (new program record) in the two middle-distance events and she will be looking to add to her already-impressive resume. Mecke was named Southland Athlete of the Year after winning the two events in her last conference meet two years ago.

Junior Katie Bragg school-record measurement of 183-9 (55.98m) in the hammer leads the league and she is the Roadrunners' lone defending champion at the meet. Her gold medal in the event a year ago was a first in school history. The Peachtree City, Ga., native has won twice this spring and finished in the top two a total of four times in her six outings.

Sophomore Jhorden Hunter comes into the meet with the top 100m mark, a wind-aided 11.65 she recorded last month at the Texas Invitational. That is just two one-hundredths of a second faster than UT Arlington's Shannon Reynolds.

Meanwhile, the 400m relay quartet of freshman Shahira Ehiemua, Hunter, frosh Chiugo Okonkwo and sophomore Krystal Wynn clocked a 45.26 on April 21 at the Longhorn Invitational and that has stood as the conference's top mark for the last two weeks. That performance broke UTSA's 17-year-old record, as it was five one-hundredths of a second better than the previous mark established by Cherisse Lezama, Portia Matthews, Tiffany Williams and Tameka Roberts during the 1995 campaign (45.31)

The Roadrunners have won five Southland Outdoor Championships (1992-94, 1996-97) since joining the league in 1992 and the program boasts a total of 54 individual/relay champions in its 21-year history in the league.

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