Roadrunners to compete at Saturday's Texas Invitational
SAN ANTONIO — The UTSA track & field teams will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Austin to compete at the Texas Invitational.
The one-day scored meet will begin with field competition at 10:30 a.m. and running events are slated to start three hours later (click here for the complete meet schedule).
Three nationally-ranked squads will compete on the men's side (No. 11 Baylor, 16th-ranked Texas and No. 22 UTSA) and there will be two Top 25 programs in the women's competition (No. 3 Texas an 17th-ranked Baylor). Houston (men/women), Rice (women), SMU (women), South Florida (men/women), Stephen F. Austin (men), Texas State (men/women) and UT Arlington (men/women) also will comprise the field.
The UTSA men debuted at No. 22 on Tuesday in the opening week of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Top 25 Poll. It is the highest national ranking in Roadrunners Athletics history, surpassing the previous best of 25th established by the program during the 2008 campaign.
UTSA currently is led by All-American and reigning Conference USA Athlete of the Week Keyunta Hayes, who owns the country's top 400-meter hurdles time of 49.59, which he clocked last Friday at the Pepsi Florida Relays. Hayes also stands 15th nationally in the 110m hurdles with his season-opening mark of 13.87. Meanwhile, fellow All-American Richard Garrett Jr. ranks fourth in the NCAA in the shot put with his program-record measurement of 64-3 ¼ (19.59m) established at UTSA Texas Challenge Invitational. Jurmarcus Shelvin also ranks among the nation's top 20 in the 400m hurdles with a time of 51.79 (19th), which he ran at last weekend's Florida Relays.
Lindsey Pew matched her program record in the pole vault on Friday to lead the women at last weekend's Florida Relays. The junior college transfer from Mesa, Ariz., cleared 12-9 ½ (3.90m) for the second consecutive week en route to a ninth-place finish.The Roadrunners also received career-best performances from Nina Herrera (Conference USA-leading 4:25.15/No. 2 performance in program history) and Emily Perez (4:28.02) in the 1,500 meters, as well as Katelynn Homb in the discus (140-1/42.69m) at the two-day event. Meanwhile, the distance medley relay of Perez, Shantel Swift, Sarah Wedgeworth and Herrera passed the baton in 11:31.79, which was good for second place in the field of 13.