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Roadrunners second after opening day of Southland Outdoor

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 05/14/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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NATCHITOCHES, La. — UTSA scored a total of 17 points in the discus on Friday and the defending champion Roadrunners are in second place after two scored events at this weekend's Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, which are being contested at Walter P. Ledet Track & Field Complex.

The trio of sophomore Richard Garrett Jr., junior Daniel Rodriguez and sophomore Phil Steinert accounted for all but one of the Roadrunners' 18 points on the day with their second-, third- and sixth-place performances in the discus.

Garrett Jr., the program's record holder, launched the implement 175-0 (53.34m) en route to his silver medal, while Rodriguez established a new personal record with his 170-3 (51.89m) measurement (No. 3 in program history). Meanwhile, Steinert recorded a 166-9 (55.83m) on his way to three points in the field of 17 throwers. Stephen F. Austin's Clint Harris won the event with his toss of 180-0 (54.87m).

UTSA's other scoring performance came from junior Daniel Balbontin, who placed eighth in the 10,000 meters in 32:55.29. McNeese State's Jarrett LeBlanc captured gold in 31:45.74.

Stephen F. Austin scored 27 points on the opening day, giving it an nine-point cushion over the Roadrunners. McNeese State sits in third (10).

In other action, senior Kyle Kaase stands fourth after the first five events of the decathlon with 3,456 points.

The three-day meet continues on Saturday.

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