UTSA back in action on Friday at Leonard Hilton Memorial
SAN ANTONIO — The UTSA men's and women's track & field teams will return to action on Friday at the Leonard Hilton Memorial in Houston. The Roadrunners will send a full contingent of athleties to the one-day meet, which will be contested at Bill Yeoman Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Houston.
The action gets underway at 11 a.m. with the men's and women's weight throw. The remainder of the field events (high jump/shot put/pole vault/long jump/triple jump) will take place throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The running events are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. with the 60-meter hurdles and they will conclude seven-and-a-half hours later with the 1,600m relay.
UTSA will compete against athletes from Houston, Houston Baptist, Prairie View A&M, Pratt (Kan.) Community College, Rice, Sam Houston State, Texas and Texas Southern.
All-America high jumper Keith Benford, the event's two-time defending champion, recorded his second victory in as many meets to open his senior campaign at last Saturday's Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational. Benford cleared a meet-record 7-1 ¾ (2.18m) for the eighth gold medal of his illustrious career. The mark currently leads the Western Athletic Conference and ranks ninth nationally.
Fellow senior All-American Richard Garrett Jr. is the other Roadrunner to rank among the nation's top 10, as he stands third in the shot put with his season-opening mark of 61-0 (18.59m).
On the women's side, senior Eboni Johnson won the triple jump for the first victory of her career at last Saturday's Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational. Competing in her specialty event for the first time this season, Johnson recorded a measurement of 39-7 ¼ (12.07m) on her third attempt of the day, which gave her a five-inch triumph over Texas A&M's Jordan Wilson. The Roadrunners now have posted a total of four victories in their first two meets of the season
Meanwhile, classmate Katie Bragg finished second in weight throw with toss of 57-3 (17.45m) and it marked the fifth top-two finish of her four-year career.