Three Roadrunners to participate at NCAA Championships this week
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will have three athletes in search of All-America honors this week when they compete at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The four-day meet gets underway on Wednesday at Drake Stadium.
Up first for the Roadrunners will be the junior-sophomore duo of Tyler Williamson and Keyunta Hayes, as they both will be in action on the opening day of competition.
Williamson, who has had an eventful 48 hours after saving a 3-year-old's life at a Northwest San Antonio swimming pool on Sunday, will turn his focus to his specialty event, the long jump, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The Houston native is coming off a school-record performance at the national preliminary rounds in Austin. He he broke the sand in 25-8 ¾ (7.84m) on his first jump on May 24 and that was good for fifth place. It marked the second time in the last three meets that he has broken the 25-foot barrier and he is one of just three athletes in school history to accomplish the feat. Seeded fifth in the field of 24 jumpers, Williamson will become the first long jump All-American in program history with one mark on the first day.
Meanwhile, Hayes will run in the third and final semifinal heat of the 400-meter hurdles at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday. The two-time Southland Conference Champion advanced to the national semifinals with a victory in his quarterfinal section on May 25 in the preliminary rounds. His season-best time of 50.37 ranks eighth in the field of 24 hurdlers. The top two finishers in each heat, along with the next two best times, will advance to Friday's final, which is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. The Tyler native will be attempting to become UTSA's first-ever All-American in a hurdles event.
Rounding out the Roadrunners' contingent is junior All-American Richard Garrett Jr., who will compete in the shot put at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Garland native earned second-team All-America accolades following his 14th-place finish at last year's national meet. He won the program's first-ever Southland title in a throws event four weeks ago and has set program records in his last two outings, his latest coming with a 62-2 ½ (18.96m) measurement at the preliminary rounds two weeks ago. That mark has Garrett Jr. seeded 15th in the 24-man field.
Live video for Wednesday's action will be available at GoDrakeBulldogs.com, while ESPN3 will cover the action the final three days. ESPNU also will have a two-hour broadcast window beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Live results will be available here.