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Bragg breaks Southland Conference record, successfully defends hammer title

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SAN MARCOS — Junior Katie Bragg successfully defended her hammer throw championship with a Southland Conference record to highlight the UTSA women's track & field team on Friday at the league's annual outdoor meet.

The Peachtree City, Ga., native tossed the implement 189-10 (57.86m) to easily defeat Texas State's Jalisa Hall by nine-and-a-half feet. The mark bettered the 2009 conference record established by Stephen F. Austin's Frednisha Marshall by two-and-a-half feet (187-4/57.09m) and it was more than a half foot better than her previous personal best established three weeks ago at the Longhorn Invitational.

"I fouled my first two throws, so I just wanted to get it out there and make a mark on my third attempt," Bragg said. I went at it really hard my last three throws, which is what I've been training for all year."

Junior Kayla Pratt was the Roadrunners' other scorer during the meet's opening day following her sixth-place effort in the 10,000 meters. The Del Rio native circled the Texas State Track & Field Stadium oval 25 times in 37:50.05.

Their combined 13 points have UTSA in fourth place after three scored events. Three-time defending champion Stephen F. Austin sits atop the team standings with 20 points, while Texas State (16) and Northwestern State (16) are tied for second.

The three-day meet continues on Saturday.

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