Medrano leads Roadrunners men at Howie Ryan Invitational & Multis
HOUSTON — Mike Medrano finished third in the 800 meters on Saturday to lead the UTSA men's track & field team at this weekend's Howie Ryan Invitational & Multis.
The senior from Mission circled the Bill Yeoman Fieldhouse oval four times in a personal-record time of 1:55.40. That topped the field of nine runners in the second heat and it was more than two seconds faster than his previous career-best of 1:57.42 established at last season's Leonard Hilton Memorial.
The Roadrunners' other top performance came from Andrew Akens, who placed fourth in the shot put but as the second-best collegian. The current Conference USA leader registered a measurement of 54-9 ¼ (16.70m) on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Nathan Collier and Levi Jordan just missed podium finishes with fourth-place performances in the 800m and heptathlon, respectively.
Collier raced to a PR of 1:55.45, while Jordan scored a career-high 4,644 points in the two-day, seven-event competition and he just missed a bronze medal by 10 points.
Andris Visitins finished sixth in the weight throw, but his measurement of 55-8 ½ (16.98m) put him at the top of the league standings.
UTSA will return to action next weekend at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City. The two-day meet is scheduled to get underway on Friday, Feb. 7, at the historic 168th Street Armory in upper Manhattan.