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Roadrunners to host UTSA Invitational on Saturday

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 04/18/2014
Courtesy UTSA Athletics
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SAN ANTONIO — The men's and women's track & field teams will return to the Park West Athletics Complex on Saturday when they host the UTSA Invitational. The one-day meet will feature Houston, New Mexico State, Sam Houston State, South Plains and Texas State. Admission will be $5.

All the action is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. with the hammer throw. The javelin is slated for 30 minutes later and the remaining field events will be contested throughout the afternoon (1/3 p.m.).  The running events will begin at 2:30 p.m. (click here for a complete meet schedule).

UTSA's new track & field facility boasts the only Olympic-quality running surface in South Texas. Marked with wider lanes and enhanced subsurface support, the track was constructed to host national and international meets, as well as NCAA Championship events. The stadium currently includes 1,000 seats and a spacious state-of-the-art press box. Open areas surrounding the facility have been designed to house temporary seating up to 10,000 for national and international competitions.

The Roadrunners men remained at No. 22 in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Top 25 Poll following last Saturday's fourth-place finish at the Texas Invitational. Richard Garrett Jr. and Taylor Reed helped lead UTSA at the one-day meet in Austin.

Garrett Jr. won the first hammer title of his career following his winning toss of 194-9 (59.37m). That topped the field of 11 throwers and was nearly 20 feet better than his nearest competitor. Meanwhile, Reed cleared 17-5 (5.31m) en route to a sixth-place finish in the pole vault and that was his second program record this spring. The mark added two-and-a-quarter inches to the previous standard he established at the season-opening Islanders Open and he now owns the second-best mark in Conference USA this spring.

All-American Keyunta Hayes continues to lead the country in the 400-meter hurdles with his time of 49.59, fellow All-American Garrett Jr. sits fourth in the shot put (UTSA-record 64-3 ¼/19.59m). The pair also have league-leading marks in the 110m hurdles (13.87) and discus (program-record 183-9/56.00m). respectively.

Lindsey Pew registered a program record in the pole vault for the third consecutive meet to lead the women at last Saturday's Texas Invite.

Pew placed third in her specialty event with a clearance of 13-6 ¼ (4.12m), which stands as the top mark in C-USA this season. That eclipsed her previous best of 12-9 ½ (3.90m) recorded on April 4 the Pepsi Florida Relays and previously at the March 28 Trinity Tigers Relays.

Whitney Flannel comes into the weekend with the nation's 20th-best high jump mark (5-10/1.78m/No. 2 C-USA), while Pew is tied for 21st in the pole vault. Nina Herrera owns the conference's top 1,500m time (4:25.15).

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