Roadrunners men off to Houston for Conference USA Championships
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA's men's track & field team will begin postseason competition this week end when it competes at its first-ever Conference USA Championships. The four-day meet is scheduled to get underway on Thursday with the two-day decathlon at the Holloway Complex on the campus of Rice.
The first field event final begins with the hammer at 2 p.m. on Friday and the 10,000 meters is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. that night. Selected field event finals are slated to start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, the track preliminary heats will be contested two hours later and the 3,000m steeplechase will wrap up the third day of competition. Sunday's action will kick off at 2:30 p.m. with the remainder of the field events and the remainder of the running finals will start two hours later (click here for complete meet information and this weekend's schedule).
All-Americans Richard Garrett Jr. and Keyunta Hayes will lead the Roadrunners into this weekend's meet.
Garrett Jr. owns league-leading marks of 65-6 ¼ (19.97m) in the shot put and 183-9 (56.00m) in the discus and he also has recorded the circuit's third-longest hammer throw of the spring at 203-1 (63.90m). Those marks rank fifth, 46th and 49th, respectively, in the country.
Meanwhile, Hayes tops the conference standings in both hurdles events. The Tyler native will bring times of 13.87 (110m hurdles/No. 25 NCAA) and 49.59 (400m hurdles), the latter of which stands second on the national leaderboard. In fact, three Roadrunners sit in the top five spots in the 400m hurdles with fellow All-American Joshua Smith in second (51.20) and Jurmarcus Shelvin residing in fifth (51.79).
Andrew Akens (shot put/60-0 ¼/18.29m), Taylor Reed (pole vault/17-5/5.31m) and Phil Steinert (hammer/203-8/62.08m) all come into the meet with C-USA's second-best mark of the spring in their respective event.
UTSA has won four conference team titles and a total of 55 individual/relay crowns in its history.