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Bond, Hayes capture Southland Outdoor crowns on Sunday
Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 05/28/2011
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NATCHITOCHES, La. — Senior All-American Devon Bond successfully defended his triple jump title and freshman Keyunta Hayes captured gold in the 400-meter hurdles, but the UTSA men's track & field team came up 16 points short of winning its second consecutive Southland Conference Outdoor Championship on Sunday at Walter P. Ledet Track & Field Complex.

Bond skipped to a season-best 52-6 ½ (16.01m) on his third jump of the day and he won his specialty event by nearly two feet after passing on his final three attempts.

Meanwhile, Hayes won the program's third 400m hurdles crown and first in five years after he circled the track in 52.25, edging Sam Houston State's Jay Newman by just two hundredths of a second. That performance came on the heels of a third-place effort in the 110m hurdles two hours earlier and the Tyler native also ran the anchor leg on the team's sixth-place 400m relay, giving him a total of 16.75 points at the three-day meet, which was tops among freshmen.

Their two championships gave the Roadrunners three for the weekend (sophomore Keith Benford won Saturday's high jump) and the Roadrunners now boast 49 all-time individual/relay titles in their 20 years as a member of the Southland.

UTSA scored 146 points, just two shy of its school-record winning performance from a year ago, but Stephen F. Austin netted 162 for its first team championship in school history.

The Birds saw two of their athletes — seniors Canel Cole (1:52.73/800m) and Brandon Chiuminetta (pr 14:55.41/5k) — pick up silver medals and the team also received three other bronzes in addition to Hayes.

Sophomore Nate Brunette placed third in both the 100m (10.44w) and deuce (20.95w), while fellow second-year performer Phil Steinert threw the hammer 185-11 (56.67m) en route to a half dozen points.

The Roadrunners collected a combined nine points in the metric mile when junior Cole Reveal (3:51.03) and freshman Mike Medrano (3:51.56) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in personal-best times. Meanwhile, freshman Crisshun Jamerson raced to fourth in the 800m (1:52.86) and junior Kemar Marsden placed sixth in the 100m (10.55w).

Other field scorers on Sunday included sophomore Taylor Reed (16-0 ¾) and senior Kyle Kasse (15-7), who finished seventh and in an eighth-place tie, respectively, in the pole vault and sophomore Richard Garrett Jr., who was sixth in the hammer with a career-best throw of 172-7 (52.60m). The mark was nearly 20 feet better than his previous personal record (No. 3 on UTSA's all-time performers list) and the Garland native finished the weekend with a team-leading 19 points (he was second in both the shot put and discus).

The 1,600m relay squad of sophomore Spenser Eggleston, freshman Joshua Smith, junior Isah Muhammed and sophomore Darryl Wyrick ended the meet with a fourth-place finish (3:15.37).

The NCAA Championships get underway in two week with the preliminary rounds. The Roadrunners will head west to Eugene, Ore., for the three-day meet that begins on Thursday, May 26.

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