Roadrunners win six events, set pair of school records at UTSA Texas Challenge Invitational
SAN ANTONIO — The men's track & field program received six winning performances and also saw two school records fall at this weekend's UTSA Texas Challenge Invitational, which was the Roadrunners' first on-campus home meet since 1995.
Leading the way was Keyunta Hayes, who swept both hurdles events. The All-American from Tyler opened his day with a gold-medal performance in the 110-meter hurdles. He skimmed the high barriers in 13.87 and that was nearly a quarter of a second better than Houston's Isaac Williams. An hour later, Hayes raced to a 51.19 in his specialty event, the 400m hurdles, and he edged Texas A&M's Gregory Coleman by four one-hundredths of a second. That time tops the national leaderboard in the early stages of this outdoor season.
Meanwhile, fellow All-American Richard Garrett Jr. continued to add to his Roadrunners legacy with yet another record performance in the shot put. The Garland native heaved the implement 64-3 ½ (19.59m) to easily win the event by more than three feet and he now sits atop the NCAA standings. The measurement was an improvement of more than two feet from his previous career best (62-2 ½/18.96m). Garrett Jr. also broke his school mark in a runner-up effort in the discus (183-8/56.00m) in addition to adding a third-place showing in the hammer (PR 187-7/57.19m).
Phil Steinert also broke his program record in the hammer after edging Texas A&M's Casey Strong by two inches. The Round Rock native won his specialty event with a career-long toss of 200-6 (61.11m), which was an improvement of more three feet from his previous best.
Christopher Hall also was victorious in the 400m after circling the UTSA Track & Field Stadium oval in 47.53 and the Killeen native crossed the finish line nearly a half second quicker than his nearest competitor.
Mike Medrano picked up the squad's other triumph in the 1,500m after clocking a 3:49.61. The victory came down to the final steps and the Mission native was able to fend off Texas Tech's Nick Rivera by a mere three ticks on the stopwatch.
The Roadrunners, which added another nine podium finishes at the two-day meet, finished second in the six-team field with 166.5 points. Texas A&M was crowned the team champion after scoring 197.5.
UTSA will be back in action at a pair of meets next week. The Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays are scheduled for March 26-29, while the Trinity Tigers Relays are slated for Friday, March 28.