Vashaun Newman
Track & Field/Cross Country

Roadrunners register five victories on Saturday at Charles Austin Classic

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Alanah Yukich won the 400-meter hurdles and helped the 4x400m relay to victory, as the UTSA track & field teams won five events on Saturday at the Charles Austin Classic.
The Roadrunners tallied seven wins and 17 top-three finishes during the two-day meet at the Texas State Track & Field Complex, with the women claiming four gold medals and nine podium showings and the men adding three victories and eight top-three performances.
Yukich recorded her second straight triumph in the 400m hurdles by turning in a season-best time of 57.78 seconds, crossing the line more than five seconds ahead of runner-up Amber Gonzalez of Texas A&M-Kingsville (1:02.84). The reigning Conference USA champion and No. 2 performer in program history, Yukich posted the third-fastest time of her collegiate career today, trailing only a personal best 57.00 and a 57.57 that were both logged during the 2021 campaign.
Later in the afternoon, Yukich anchored the 4x4 to gold in the meet finale. The Australian teamed up with Geraldy Barron, Marie Duvigneau and Ibiso David-West to clock a time of 3:43.42 for first, comfortably ahead of Texas State's 3:46.61.
Earlier in the day, Thennelle Williams sped to a win in the women's 100m. The sophomore from Jamaica stopped the clock in 11.86 seconds to narrowly beat UIW's Jada Green (11.87) to the line.
Meanwhile, the men collected a pair of gold medals on Saturday.
Michael Paredes recorded his first individual victory as a Roadrunner by crossing first in the 1,500m. The Los Fresnos, Texas, native clocked a 4:00.72 to finish ahead of Patrick Leary (4:03.69) and teammate JD Corona (4:04.67). His time was just shy of his PB of 4:00.44 posted at the 44 Farms Team Invitational last April.
In the field, Jacob Jenkins also registered his first win as a Roadrunner. The Round Rock, Texas, native skipped to a mark of 15.00 meters (49-2.5) on his second trip down the runway to score the victory ahead of runner-up Aaron Cooper of UTRGV (14.46m).
In other Saturday action, Antony Ma clocked a personal-best time of 10.64 to claim bronze in the men's 100m and he later posted a 21.35 for fourth in the 200m, just behind Dennis Phillips, who placed third in 21.32, and ahead of Brice Chabot's 21.41 clocking.
For the women, Joy Baxter crossed third in the 400m hurdles with a career-best time of 1:03.00.
On Friday, Marilis Remmel remained undefeated in the women's javelin this season and Landon Blankenship collected his first collegiate win. 
Remmel led a 1-2 UTSA finish in the javelin with her third victory in as many competitions this year. The junior from Estonia posted her top throw of 45.35m (148-9) on her third attempt of the day to place just ahead of runner-up Sigrid Kleive, who tossed the implement to a distance of 43.81m (143-8). She also won the event at the Longhorn Invitational on March 4 with a season-best throw of 46.67m (153-1) and last Friday at the UTSA Invitational (45.94m/150-9).
Blankenship paced a 1-2-3 finish for the Roadrunners in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a career-best time. The second-year distance runner from San Antonio Stevens High School coasted to a 9:34.20 clocking to cross first in the race and better his previous PB of 10:05.27 logged at last year's Alumni Muster. Idol Ramon and Gabe Hernandez finished second (9:53.22) and third (10:20.71), respectively.
The Roadrunners will travel to Austin for the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays next Wednesday-Saturday, March 29-April 1, at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
2023 Charles Austin Classic
Friday-Saturday, March 24-25
Texas State Track & Field Complex
San Marcos, Texas
UTSA Results
100 Meters
3. Antony Ma 10.64
17. (16.) Lirim Emerllahu 11.15
19. (18.) Zachary Perkins 11.16
200 Meters
3. Dennis Phillips 21.32 
4. Antony Ma 21.35
5. Brice Chabot 21.41
8. (7.) Trevion McCalla 21.54
18. (17.) Lirim Emerllahu 22.28
28. (26.) Zachary Perkins 22.59
800 Meters
7. Chuey Hernandez 1:57.20
12. Dominick Landin 2:02.89
14. Michael Paredes 2:08.00
15. JD Corona 2:08.27
1,500 Meters
1. Michael Paredes 4:00.72
3. (2.) JD Corona 4:04.07
6. (5.) Dominick Landin 4:12.52
110-Meter Hurdles
9. Justin Wright 15.84
400-Meter Hurdles
8. (7.) Gabriel Green 55.43
3,000-Meter Steeplechase (Friday)
1. Landon Blankenship 9:34.20
2. Idol Ramon 9:53.22
3. Gabe Hernandez 10:20.71
Long Jump (Friday)
4. Jacob Jenkins 7.37m (24-2.25)
15. (14.) Justin Wright 6.71mw (22-0.25/+3.8)
Triple Jump
1. Jacob Jenkins 15.00m (49-2.5)
Shot Put
5. Paul Bouey 16.56m (54-4)
7. Jabari Bennett 16.23m (53-3)
8. Angel Robles 15.91m (52-2.5)
10. Michael Campbell 15.43m (50-7.5)
Hammer Throw (Friday)
5. (4.) Michael Campbell 53.74m (176-3)
7. (6.) Angel Robles 50.53m (165-9)
100 Meters
1. Thennelle Williams 11.86
200 Meters
4. Geraldy Barron 24.90
8. Ibiso David-West 25.04
9. Thennelle Williams 25.39
14. Marie Duvigneau 25.82
400 Meters
8. Kaylyn Landry 59.50
10. Amanda Esparza 59.98
800 Meters
5. Maddy Blair 2:21.15
7. Luzaan De Wit 2:25.31
100-Meter Hurdles
8. Maren Wilms 15.99
400-Meter Hurdles
1. Alanah Yukich 57.78
3. Joy Baxter 1:03.00
6. Sarah Bell 1:05.14
7. Maren Wilms 1:06.32
3,000-Meter Steeplechase (Friday)
2. Madi Henry 11:26.43
4. (3.) Chante Dixon 12:06.78
5. (4.) Savannah Lopez 12:09.79
4x400-Meter Relay
1. UTSA (Geraldy Barron, Marie Duvigneau, Ibiso David-West, Alanah Yukich) 3:43.42
4. UTSA 'B' (Sarah Bell, Kaylyn Landry, Joy Baxter, Amanda Esparza) 3:57.67
Long Jump (Friday)
3. Oreoluwa Adamson 6.22mw (20-5/+2.5)
8. Maren Wilms 5.70m (18-8.5)
Shot Put
6. Amaya King 13.81m (45-3.75)
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Discus Throw
6. Isabella Simonelli 45.89m (150-6)
Hammer Throw (Friday)
5. Isabella Simonelli 54.54m (178-11)
7. Acacia Astwood 52.29m (171-6)
14. Zoe Shanklin 43.65m (143-2)
Javelin Throw (Friday)
1. Marilis Remmel 45.35m (148-9)
2. Sigrid Kleive 43.81m (143-8)