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UTSA captures Top-25 USTFCCCA men’s ranking

by Michael Stambaugh

NEW ORLEANS – The UTSA men’s track & field team debuted at No. 24 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) weekly standings, marking the program’s first appearance in the national top-25 since 2014, and only the third top-25 ranking in the history of the men’s program.

The program’s highest ranking was 22nd in 2014, holding that spot for two weeks before going to 29th and concluding the season at 33rd nationally.

Topping the list of nationally ranked performers contributing to this week’s ranking, Brice Chabot (Jr., Smithville, Texas) comes in fifth nationally as the American Athletic Conference leader in the 200-meter with a 20.49 clocking. Just five-hundredths of a second behind Chabot, Dennis Phillips (Jr., Little Elm, Texas) is second in the AAC and eighth in the nation at 20.54 seconds. Phillips also turned in a top-10 national mark in the 100-meter with an AAC-leading 10.20 at the UTSA Invitational. Both UTSA sprinters are on the 4x100-meter relay squad that ranks 11th with the assistance of Oliver Swinney (Fr., Balleymoney, Northern Ireland) and Gabriel Binion (Jr., Sydney, Australia). The Roadrunners have a commanding presence in the long jump, featuring three performers in the top-25 individual rankings. Leading the way, Dylan James (Jr. Perth, Australia), and now Binion have hit 7.54m (24-9) in the event to share the AAC’s top spot and 18th nationally. Meanwhile, Christiaan Le Roux (Jr., Roodepoort, South Africa) is third in the AAC and 24th in the NCAA at 7.51m (24-7.75). Rounding out the rankings list, Victor Charo (So., Abilene, Texas) has gone back-to-back weeks with huge 800-meter PR’s and now lists at 38th nationally while sitting just .2 seconds out of the AAC’s frontrunner position with a 1:50.94 clocking at the Texas A&M Invitational.

The Roadrunners are headed out this week across South Texas, splitting the squad between the 96th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin and the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos.


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