Akens, Reed, Singh capture gold medals at Houston Tune-Up
HOUSTON — UTSA received winning performances from three athletes at Friday's Houston Tune-Up.
Andrew Akens recorded a measurement of 58-8 ½ (17.89m) en route to victory in the shot put, which was his second triumph in his last three outings. The Conference USA leader outdistanced Houston's Cameron Cornelius by nearly four feet in topping the field of 20 athletes. He also registered a career-best mark of 47-7 (14.50m) in an eighth-place performance in the weight throw.
Meanwhile, Taylor Reed won the pole vault with a season-best clearance of 17-0 ¾ (5.20m). The senior from Tyler was matched by Stephen F. Austin's Cameron Meyer, but he earned the gold medal due to fewer misses for the fifth victory of his Roadrunners career. Reed, who ranks second in the league standings, is just three-quarters of an inch behind Rice's Chris Pillow for the season's top mark in the event.
Harvinder Singh won the 3,000 meters in a personal-best time of 8:45.74. The junior from Huffman defeated Sam Houston State's Ryan Saam by two seconds to top the field of 18 distance runners.
UTSA will return to action in two weeks at the Conference USA Championships in Birmingham, Ala. The two-day meet is scheduled to get underway on Friday, Feb. 28.