SAN ANTONIO — Sophomore Taylor Reed broke UTSA's pole vault record and freshman Keyunta Hayes recorded the third-fastest 110-meter hurdles time in school annals to lead the Roadrunners men track & field team at Friday's Trinity Alumni Classic.
Reed cleared 16-6 ¾ (5.05m) in a silver-medal performance and that broke Kyle Kaase's year-old mark of 16-4 ¾ (5.00m). The junior college All-American vaulted to the top of the Southland Conference standings and he now holds a half-foot lead over Southeastern Louisiana's Korvey Simmons.
Meanwhile, Hayes peeled off a 13.87 in the opening preliminary heat of the sprint hurdles. The time just missed Will Vese's program standard by six one-hundredths of a second and it currently ranks ninth nationally. The Tyler native went on to clock a 13.88 in winning the seven-man final by a half second.
Junior Kemar Marsden's first 100m dash competition in navy blue and orange was a successful one, as the Kingston, Jamaica, native won the event in 10.41. That was good for the nation's 14th-fastest time this season and it also stands as the league's top clocking. That came on the heels of posting the top prelims mark, 10.50, in the 33-man field. Sophomore Nate Brunette finished third in a personal-best 10.56.
The Roadrunners also received personal-best, gold-medal efforts on the track from sophomore Spenser Eggleston in the 400m (48.22) and junior Daniel Balbontin in 1,500m (3:58.94), while the 400m relay team of senior Edmund Yeboah, Brunette, Marsden and Hayes passed the baton in 40.58 to edge I-35 rival Texas State by two one-hundredths of a second.
Freshman Kerry Thompson continued the parade of victories with a PR of 6-11 ¾ (2.13m) in the high jump. The clearance, which bested his season-opening mark by three inches, is tied for fifth on the program's all-time performer's list. It also currently stands 14th in the country and he is second only to teammate Keith Benford in the league standings. Sophomore Sean Masek leaped a career-high 6-8 ¾ (2.08m) to finish tied for a silver medal and that bettered his previous personal best by five inches.
Sophomore Tyler Williamson also was triumphant after he broke the sand in a season-best 23-10 ¼ (7.27m) in the long jump. The Houston native easily defeated Incarnate Word's Leon Knights by 11-and-three-quarter inches.
Junior Daniel Rodriguez wrapped up UTSA's nine gold medals with a daily double in the shot put and discus.
The Breckenridge native easily won the the shot title by four feet, eight inches with his heave of 52-6 ½ (16.01m), which stands fifth on the team's all-time performer's list.
He came back an hour-and-a-half later to record the fourth-best discus performance, 167-2 (50.96m), in school history. That led a 1-2-3 finish by Roadrunners, as sophomores Phil Steinert (165-10/50.54m) and Richard Garrett Jr. (160-7/49.95m) finished behind their 6-foot-1, 245-pound teammate.
UTSA will return to action at a pair of meets next week. The 84th Clyde
Littlefield Texas Relays are scheduled to be contested from
Wednesday-Saturday, April 6-9, in Austin, while the local Trinity Tigers
Relays are slated for Friday, April 8.