Track & Field/Cross Country

Roth and Kobayashi highlight first day of California stretch

by Michael Stambaugh

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The UTSA track & field squads opened the first of three meets this weekend in Southern California, kicking off the weekend with nationwide competition at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. Sprints and hurdles proved to be the top marks for the Roadrunners, as Mike Roth and Ayumi Kobayashi highlighted Thursday’s UTSA finishes.

Roth, a junior from St. Thomas, Ontario, earned second place on a 21.12 clocking in the 200-meter, battling against a -1.4m/s headwind late on Thursday at Jack Rose Track. Roth missed the top spot by just .20 seconds and his own personal best by only .14 seconds. Making his career debut in the event, rookie Martín Kouyoumdjian turned in a 21.42 clocking for seventh place.

In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Kobayashi crossed the line in fourth overall and second among collegiate performers. The Funabashi, Japan native clocked at 13.43 that shoots her up to third on the all-time UTSA performances list via a new career high with a roaring +4.3m/s tailwind.

In addition, the Roadrunners picked up a further trio of top-10s, as Sarah Bell was clocked at 2:14.95 to finish seventh in the women’s 800-meter, Jadelyn Malesich went delivered a 4:42.15 personal best to cross the line in eighth of the women’s 1,500-meter and Gabriel Green notched a ninth-place finish in the men’s 400-meter hurdles at 53.52 seconds.

On Friday, the Roadrunners spread out across the Los Angeles metro with squads heading to the first days of competition at the Beach Invitational in Long Beach and at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa.