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UTSA to host Ricardo Romo/Six Flags Fiesta Texas Classic on Friday night

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 09/17/2010
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will be back in action for the first time in 16 days on Friday night when it hosts the annual Ricardo Romo/Six Flags Fiesta Texas Classic at Brooks City-Base.

The two-day meet will feature a pair of college races on the opening night with the women’s 5,000 meters scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by the men’s 5k approximately 30 minutes later.

The Roadrunners men and women will compete against distance runners from Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake, Schreiner, Texas-Pan American, Texas-Permian Basin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M-International, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Texas State. Abilene Christian, St. Mary’s, Texas and Texas Lutheran also will compete but just on the women's side.

"This is always an exciting meet for us because it not only allows us to host some of the top collegiate teams in the region, but we also get to welcome nearly 300 high schools from throughout the state," UTSA Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Aaron Fox said. "It's also a great prelude to the UIL regional meet that we will host in the first week of November."

On Saturday, more than 3,400 high school athletes will compete in a total of 14 races that will be contested beginning at 8:15 a.m.

Admission is free and directions to Brooks-City Base can be found in the related links box toward the top right of this release. Complete results will be posted online at each evening.

UTSA is coming off a solid showing at the season-opening Trinity Opener on Sept. 1. Junior Albert Cardenas and freshman Alyssa Diaz each raced to second-place finishes to lead the Birds to both team titles at Brackenridge Park.

Cardenas covered the two-mile trail in 9:47 and the Converse native just edged fellow third-year teammates Ivan Garcia and Brandon Chiuminetta, who finished third and fourth respectively, with the same time.

Meanwhile, Diaz led six Roadrunners women that crossed the tape in the top 10 with her 11:50 clocking. Fellow first-year teammate Courtney Haass was third in 11:52, while junior Courtney Nelson (11:54), freshman Samantha Fish (11:54) and redshirt freshman Lauren Losoya (12:05) placed fifth through seventh, respectively.

UTSA swept both of last fall's team crowns behind winning efforts from Cole Reveal and Dana Mecke.

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