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UTSA women to begin NCAA Championships competition on Thursday

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 05/22/2013
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SAN ANTONIO — Five members of the UTSA women's track & field team will begin competition at the NCAA Championships Preliminary Rounds this weekend in Austin.

The three-day meet is scheduled to get underway on Thursday afternoon at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of The University of Texas (click here for a complete meet schedule).

Leading the way is triple jumper Eboni Johnson, who is coming off a victory at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships. The Channelview native skipped to a season-best measurement of 41-4 ¼ (12.60m) two weeks ago and she comes into the meet with the West Region's 26th-best mark. Johnson will compete at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Joining Johnson in the triple jump will be Ernestine Cray, who registered a career-best leap of 42-2 ¾ (12.87m) on April 13 at the Texas Invitational. She is coming off a third-place performance at the WAC Championships and has posted two wins in the event this spring (Texas State Elite/Texas Invitational). Cray stands 13th in West standings (26th nationally).

High jumper Whitney Flannel comes into the event with a career-best clearance of 5-9 ¼ (1.76m), a mark she recorded in winning last month's Bobcats Classic. She placed third at the conference meet, which ended a two-meet winning streak, and has medaled in each of her last three outings. In fact, the West Columbia native has not finished worse than fifth in her half dozen competitions this season. Flannel, who is slated to compete at 6 p.m. on Friday, currently stands in a 20th-place tie in the region.

Zaquita McClanahan and Alyssa Diaz round out the Roadrunners entries.

McClanahan has posted program records in the shot put at her last two outings, including a mark of 50-6 (15.39m) in a fourth-place effort at the WAC Championships. That came on the heels of a 50-foot measurement at the Bobcats Classic, which broke UTSA's 19-year-old standard in the event. She is scheduled to enter the circle at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Diaz clocked a personal-record 35:24.07 nearly two months ago in a runner-up effort in the 10,000 meters at the Texas Relays and she won a bronze medal two weeks ago at the league meet. The Hereford native is slated to run at 9 p.m. during the meet's opening day.

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