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Roadrunners post three top-three finishes, 11 season bests at Mt. SAC Relays

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 05/28/2011
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WALNUT, Calif. — Senior All-American Devon Bond (triple jump) and sophomore Darryl Wyrick (400-meter hurdles) both earned bronze medals and moved to the top of the Southland Conference leaderboard to highlight the UTSA men's track & field team at this weekend's Mt. SAC Relays.

Bond skipped to a season-best 52-4 ½ (15.96m) en route to a third-place finish on Saturday in the Elite Division and that added nine-and-a-half inches to his season-opening mark established at last week's Texas Relays. Cal State Los Angeles' Josh Como won the event with a leap of 54-8 (16.66m). The Trenton, N.J., native now ranks 10th nationally and holds an eight-inch advantage over Central Arkansas' Donavan Loring on the league's leaderboard.

Meanwhile, Wyick posted his second consecutive top-three finish (third of season overall) when he cleared the Hilmer Lodge Stadium barriers in a personal-record 51.82 on Friday. Not only did that time propel him to the top of the conference standings (29th NCAA), but it also ranks third on UTSA's all-time performers chart. Not far back was freshman teammate Keyunta Hayes, who finished fourth in the field of 35 hurdlers in a season-best 51.86. He now ranks second in the circuit and 31st in the country following his five one-hundredths of a second improvement.

Sophomore Nate Brunette also picked up a bronze medal with his second top-three finish in as many 200m races this season. He ran the curve in a personal-record 21.18 on Friday evening. The time was nearly two-tenths of a second faster than his previous best set in a winning effort (21.37) at the Victor Lopez Classic three weeks ago and the Humble native now resides in third place in the conference rankings. Brunette recorded an eighth-place performance (10.77) in the 100m three hours earlier.

Three Roadrunners — juniors Albert Cardenas (3:49.00) and Cole Reveal (3:51.71) and freshman Brady Hand (3:58.16) — registered personal bests in the 1,500m on Friday, while senior Brandon Chiuminetta clocked a 9:12.81 in an 11th-place effort in the 3,000m steeplechase a day earlier.

UTSA's three other season bests came in the field.

Sophomore Richard Garrett Jr. put the shot 56-10 (17.32m) in Saturday's Elite Division and junior Daniel Rodriguez recorded a 54-4 (16.56m) measurement on Friday.

Senior Kyle Kaase, meanwhile, cleared 16-0 ¾ (4.90m) on Friday in his first pole vault competition of the campaign.

The Roadrunners are back in action next Saturday, April 23, at the J. Fred Duckett Twilight in Houston.

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