SAN ANTONIO — After taking last weekend off, the UTSA track & field teams will return to action at the Howie Ryan Invitational & Multis. The two-day meet is scheduled to begin on Friday morning at Bill Yeoman Fieldhouse in Houston.
The opening day will get underway at 10 a.m. and the men's and women's weight throw, pentathlon, heptathlon, women's pole vault, 60m dash, 200m dash (B section) and 60-meter hurdles will be contested. Saturday's action begins at 9 a.m. and the meet will wrap up eight hours later.
Athletes from Alcorn State, Grambling, Houston, Houston Baptist, Lamar, North Texas, Northwestern State, Prairie View A&M, Rice, Sam Houston State, San Diego State, South Florida, Southern, Texas-Tyler, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas Lutheran, Texas Southern, Texas State and Texas Wesleyan will join meet host Houston and the Roadrunners.
Nathan Collier was victorious in the mile for the second time in as many meets this season and Andrew Akens won the shot put to lead the men' at the Texas A&M 10-Team Invitational back on Jan. 18. Collier raced to a personal-best time of 4:13.86 to top the field of 21 distance runners for his third victory of his career at the distance, all of which have come at Gilliam Indoor Track & Field Stadium. Meanwhile, Akens registered his third consecutive top-two performance to open the campaign with his measurement of 57-4 ¼ (17.48m).
The women were led by Alysaa Diaz, who was victorious with a program record in the first 5,000-meter race of her career. Diaz topped the field of seven runners in 17:07.32 to break Kayla Pratt's four-year-old mark (17:17.76) by more than 10 seconds. Lindsey Pew also registered a school record in a third-place performance in the pole vault. The junior college transfer from Mesa, Ariz., cleared the bar in 12-10 ¾ (3.93m) to top April Benavidez' previous standard (12-3 ½/3.75m) by more than seven inches.