Erik Williams
Track & Field/Cross Country

Roadrunners win four events on Friday at Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational

HOUSTON — Oreoluwa Adamson, Amaya King, Christiaan Le Roux and Jemuel Miller struck gold on Friday to highlight action for the UTSA track & field teams in the season-opening Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational at Yeoman Fieldhouse.
Adamson won the long jump and King claimed top honors in the shot put to help the women tally six top-three showings in their first meet of the indoor campaign.
Adamson leaped 6.10 meters (20-0.25) on her first trip down the runway and held on for the victory just ahead of All-America teammate Ingeborg Gruenwald, who secured silver with a mark of 5.96m (19-6.75). Adamson, a native of London, England, moved into the No. 5 spot on UTSA's all-time performers list with today's effort.
King made her UTSA debut a memorable one, as the transfer from Purdue measured 13.52m (44-4.25) on her first heave of the afternoon. The Mason, Ohio, native nearly matched her best mark of the day with a 13.48m (44-2.75) effort om the fourth attempt, holding on for the win ahead of Sam Houston's Lilly Rodel (13.47m/44-2.5).
Meanwhile, the All-American duo of Le Roux and Miller swept the long and triple jumps to highlight a total of six podium finishes for the men.
Le Roux picked up his first long jump win of the season in thrilling fashion. The South African was in third place entering the sixth and final round after posting a mark of 7.43m (24-4.5) on his fourth try. After a 7.37m (24-2.25) measurement in the fifth round, he moved into first place with a leap of 7.54m (24-9), passing Lamar's Kenson Tate (7.48m/24-6.5) and teammate Gabriel Binion, who placed third with a 7.47m (24-6.25) mark. Le Roux also became the program's No. 4 all-time performer in the event with today's effort.
Miller started his sophomore season off with a bang, collecting his seventh win as a Roadrunner. The Barbados native opened the triple jump competition with a foul but then got on the board with a 14.56m (47-9.25) measurement. The two-time All-American and defending Conference USA indoor and outdoor champion then took over the lead for good after skipping to a distance of 15.42m (50-7.25).
Mike Roth posted a pair of podium finishes on Friday. The sophomore from Canada sped to a 49.30 clocking to finish third overall, second among collegians and first out of NCAA Division athletes in the 400 meters. He then returned to the oval later in the afternoon to cross second in the 200m with a 21.61 clocking.
Bashiru Abdullahi also secured a silver medal on Friday, earning runner-up honors in the 60m hurdles. The All-American and reigning conference champion cruised to the top preliminary qualifying time, a 7.86 clocking, before a narrow second-place finish in the final with a 7.87, just behind Houston's De'Vion Wilson (7.82).
A trio of Roadrunners flashed speed in the 60m. Dennis Phillips clocked a 6.78 to finish fourth and move into a tie for fourth on UTSA's all-time performers chart, while Trevion McCalla was right behind him in fifth with a 6.79, putting him in a share of sixth on the same list. Brice Chabot took seventh with a 6.86.
Back on the women's side, Alanah Yukich and Lauren Roy logged runner-up showings on the track.
Yukich, the reigning league champion in the 400m hurdles, crossed second in the quarter with a time of 55.80, just behind Minnesota's Abigail Schaafe's 55.57. Teammate Marie Duvigneau placed fourth in 57.26.
Yukich and Duvigneau joined Mackenzie Grimes and Maren Wilms in the final event — the 4x400m relay — and the quartet earned the bronze medal with a 3:53.80 clocking.
Making her UTSA debut, Roy sped to a 24.32 clocking in the 200m for second place behind Amira Young of Minnesota, who timed a 24.27 for the win. The sophomore newcomer from Northern Ireland, who also placed ninth in the 60m prelims with a 7.62, moved into the No. 3 spot on the program's all-time performers list in the deuce.
In other action in the field, Acacia Astwood took fourth place in the weight throw with a mark of 17.47m (57-3.75).
The Roadrunners will be back in action next weekend with athletes competing at the Lumberjack Team Challenge in Flagstaff, Arizona, and the Robert Platt Invitational in Houston next Friday, Jan. 20, as well as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 21, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
UTSA Results
60 Meters (prelims)
4. Trevion McCalla 6.84q
5. Dennis Phillips 6.85q
6. Brice Chabot 6.86q
15. (14.) Antony Ma 6.94
60 Meters (final)
4. Dennis Phillips 6.78
5. Trevion McCalla 6.79
7. Brice Chabot 6.86
200 Meters
2. Mike Roth 21.61
15. (13). Elijah Frizell 22.79
18. (16.) Antony Ma 22.98
22. (20.) Zachary Perkins 23.38
400 Meters
3. (2.) Mike Roth 49.30
8. (7.) Noah Rhodes 50.22
16. (15.) Logan Masters 50.65
25. (24.) Elijah Frizell 52.07
37. (36.) Gabriel Green 55.55
800 Meters
15. Chuey Hernandez 1:59.65
60-Meter Hurdles (prelims)
1. Bashiru Abdullahi 7.86Q
8. Jack Turner 8.33q
13. Joel McFarlane 8.68
16. Justin Wright 9.12
60-Meter Hurdles (final)
2. Bashiru Abdullahi 7.87
7. Jack Turner 8.26
4x400-Meter Relay
12. (Noah Rhodes, Logan Masters, Elijah Frizell, Gabriel Green) 3:32.06
Long Jump
1. Christiaan Le Roux 7.54m (24-9)
3. Gabriel Binion 7.47m (24-6.25)
7. Joel McFarlane 6.97m (22-10.5)
10. (9.) Jemuel Miller 6.85m (22-5.75)
11. (10.) Jacob Jenkins 6.75m (22-1.75)
Triple Jump
1. Jemuel Miller 15.42m (50-7.25)
5. Jacob Jenkins 14.78m (48-6)
Shot Put
6. Angel Robles 15.67m (51-5)
8. Jorge Ayala 15.63m (51-3.5)
15. Joel McFarlane 12.35m (40-6.25)
16. Jack Turner 12.16m (39-10.75)
- Michael Campbell FOUL
- Paul Bouey FOUL
60 Meters (prelims)
10. (9.) Lauren Roy 7.62
27. (26.) Thennelle Williams 8.01
200 Meters
2. Lauren Roy 24.32
16. Geraldy Barron 25.76
17. Ibiso David-West 25.77
34. Thennelle Williams 26.96
400 Meters
2. Alanah Yukich 55.80
4. Marie Duvigneau 57.26
12. Ibiso David-West 59.57
16. Mackenzie Grimes 1:00.00
17. Geraldy Barron 1:00.19
22. Kaylyn Landry 1:01.34
800 Meters
8. Maddy Blair 2:28.17
9. Savannah Lopez 2:28.66
4x400-Meter Relay
3. UTSA (Alanah Yukich, Marie Duvigneau, Mackenzie Grimes, Maren Wilms) 3:53.80
Long Jump
1. Oreoluwa Adamson 6.10m (20-0.25)
2. Ingeborg Gruenwald 5.96m (19-6.75)
14. (13.) Maren Wilms 5.27m (17-3.5)
Triple Jump
- Oreoluwa Adamson FOUL
Shot Put
1. Amaya King 13.52m (44-0.25)
10. Marilis Remmel 10.51m (34-5.75)
12. Maren Wilms 9.42m (30-11)
Weight Throw
4. Acacia Astwood 17.47m (57-3.75)
7. Isabella Simonelli 16.10m (52-10)