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UTSA men win seven events at Saturday's Bobcats Invitational

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 05/01/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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SAN MARCOS — The UTSA men's track & field team racked up seven victories and a total of 15 top-three performances at Saturday's Bobcats Invitational in what was its final tuneup for the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships.

Leading the parade of gold-medal efforts was sophomore Tyler Williamson, who won the long jump with the third-best measurement in program history. The Houston native broke the sand in a wind-aided 24-11 (7.59m), which was an eight-and-three-quarter-inch improvement over his previous personal best established in his final two meets last season (24-2 ¼/7.37m). The performance moved him up from eighth to third on the conference leaderboard and he is just a quarter inch out of second place. Sam Houston State's Artis Edwards leads the league with the nation's second-longest jump of 26-7 ¾ (8.12m)

Freshman Crisshun Jamerson and senior Canel Cole finished 2-3 in the 800 meters (top two collegians) and improved their Southland-leading times in the process. Jamerson circled the Bobcat Stadium oval twice in a personal-best 1:50.32, which was one and two-tenths of a second better than his season-opening mark recorded at the Victor Lopez Classic. Cole, meanwhile, was right on his teammate's heels in 1:50.51 and the two times are good for third and fourth, respectively, on the school all-time performers chart.

Junior Kemar Marsden peeled off a 21.33 in winning the 200m, which was his first attempt at the distance this spring. The Kingston, Jamaica, native, who currently ranks third in the circuit in the 100m (10.41), now stands ninth in the deuce.

Other winners for the Roadrunners included junior Daniel Rodriguez in the shot put (54-2 ¾/16.53m), sophomores Richard Garrett Jr. (170-9/52.05m) and Sean Masek (166-7/50.77m) in the discus and javelin, respectively, freshman Keyunta Hayes in the 110m hurdles (14.26) and the 1,600m relay quartet of Hayes, sophomore Spenser Eggleston, senior Isah Muhammed and freshman Joshua Smith (season-best 3:11.34).

UTSA will take next weekend off before beginning defense of its Southland Outdoor title from May 13-15 in Natchitoches, La. A victory would give the program its third indoor/outdoor sweep in the last four years.

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