Maria Lysaker
Track & Field/Cross Country

Roadrunners wrap up competition at Robert Platt Invitational on Saturday

HOUSTON — The UTSA track & field teams wrapped up competition at the Robert Platt Invitational with seven top-10 finishes on Saturday at Yeoman Fieldhouse.

Six of the seven top-10 showings occurred on the track, including San Antonio Brackenridge High School products Melody and Marissa Espinoza in the women’s mile and a trio of Roadrunners in the women’s 200 meters. Combined with seven top 10s posted on Friday, UTSA totaled 14 for the two-day meet.

In the women’s mile, Melody Espinoza finished 10th overall and seventh among collegiate runners with a time of 5:06.64. Her twin sister, Marissa, was close behind with a 5:08.43 clocking, good for 10th.

UTSA placed three in the top 10 collegiate sprinters in the women’s 200m. Kiah Dubarry-Gay clocked a 24.53 to cross ninth overall and sixth among NCAA competitors, while Thennelle Williams was two spots behind after speeding to a 24.59 clocking. Ida Breigan, who set American Athletic Conference and school records in the long jump a week ago, crossed 10th in 24.68.

Sarah Bell was eighth overall and seventh among attached runners in the women’s 800m, as the San Antonio native clocked a 2:16.91.

In the field, Dahlia Barnes notched an eighth-place finish in the women’s long jump. The Florida Atlantic transfer leaped to a distance of 5.64 meters (18-6) on her third attempt, improving her season best from 5.49m (18-0.25) posted last week at the Lumberjack Team Challenge.

On the men’s side, Caden Cunningham, who on Friday night became the program's No. 5 all-time performer in the 3,000m with a 10th-place time of 8:27.50, placed 12th in the mile with a 4:19.94 clocking and Victor Charo was 15th in the 800m in 1:56.03.

On Friday, Isabella Simonelli collected the bronze medal in the women’s weight throw with a personal-best toss of 18.34m (60-2), while Dylan James was fourth in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 12.56m (50-0.75) to headline action for the Roadrunners.

UTSA will return to action next Friday-Saturday, Feb. 2-3, when it travels to College Station for the Charlie Thomas Invitational.