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UTSA men to defend Southland Conference Outdoor Championship this weekend

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 05/13/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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SAN ANTONIO — The UTSA men's track & field team will defend its Southland Conference Outdoor Championship this weekend when the league's annual three-day event is contested at Walter P. Ledet Track & Field Complex in Natchitoches, La. The Roadrunners, who have won the league's last six indoor titles, will be in search of its third outdoor crown and indoor/outdoor sweep in the last four seasons.

The meet gets underway at 11 a.m. on Friday with the first five events of the decathlon (100m/long jump/shot put/high jump/400m), discus  (6 p.m.) and 10,000 meters (7:15 p.m.). The final half of the decathlon (110m hurdles/discus/pole vault/1,500m) then will be contested beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, while field competition (long jump/high jump/shot put/javelin) will commence three hours later. The running preliminary heats are scheduled to start at 3 p.m. and the 3,000m steeplechase (6:10 p.m.) will wrap up the second day of action. The meet will conclude on Sunday with the pole vault (1 p.m.), triple jump (1:30 p.m.), hammer (3:30 p.m.) and running event finals that start at 3:10 p.m (click here for complete meet information or here for real-time results).

UTSA enters the weekend atop the conference standings in four events.

Leading the way is defending triple jump champion Devon Bond. The senior from Trenton, N.J., ranks 14th nationally with his 52-4 ½ (15.96m) measurement in his specialty event. Bond also enters the meet as the reigning high jump title holder, but he will not compete in the event this weekend.

Meanwhile, sophomore Keith Benford stands 16th in the high jump with his UTSA record 7-1 ¾ (2.18m) clearance, established at the season-opening Victor Lopez Classic.

Freshman Crisshun Jamerson (1:50.32/800m) and sophomore Darryl Wyrick (51.82/400m hurdles) are the team's other league leaders.

The Roadrunners' other defending champion is sophomore long jumper Tyler Williamson, who is third in the conference with his 24-11 (7.59m) mark.

UTSA has won three Southland Outdoor Championships since joining the Southland in 1992 and the program boasts a total of 46 individual/relay champions in its 20-year history in the league.

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