Shot put has proven to be a good hunting ground for UTSA as two of their athletes made the NCAA Semi-Finals following success on Thursday night, while Keyta Hayes qualified for the 400m Semi-Finals on Friday night at Fayetteville.
As expected All-American, Richard Garrett Jr., ranked seventh in the country, was able to qualify for the semi-finals with a 63-7 ¾ (19.40m) in his fifth put, making him fifth, after a quarter-final qualifying put of 60-4 ¾ (18.41m).
Andrew Akens joined his colleague in the semi-finals as he came in eighth, enough to advance with his 60-8 ¾ (18.51m) with his very first put, and it held on enough to survive through, those results means that neither athlete will be forced to compete in the quarter-finals on Friday and will skip right to the semi-finals on June 11th at Hayward Field in Eugene, OR.
UTSA did manage to get three athletes in to the national quarter-finals from the 400-meter hurdles with Keyunta Hayes, Jurmarcus Shelvin and Joshua Smith all advancing.
Hayes came in with the national number two ranking as he came second in his heat with a time of 51.01 which was closely trailed by fellow Roadrunner Shelvin who came third with a time of 51.22, a career-best for him.
While those two Roadrunners managed to qualify based on position, Smith was able to get to the quarter-finals based on his time as he recorded a 51.50 in his heat, which saw him finish fourth but still qualify on his time.
Nate Brunette completed UTSA’s quarter-final line-ups as he competed in the 100m, managing a time of 10.46, which was good enough to finish in 17th in the field and advance in the quarters.
Brunette missed the semi-finals, with a time of 10.40 only good enough for 17th before he backed up and made the quarter-finals for the 200m as he managed a time of 21.14 to finish in 20th.
There was good news for Hayes though as he managed to qualify for the national semi-finals in the 400m hurdles, coming in with a second ranking he came second in his quarter-final with a time of 49.75, fourth in the whole field, and good enough to advance.
UTSA had two other competitors in the 400m hurdles but neither advanced beyond that stage as Jamarcus Shelvin managed a 51.30 (17th) and Joshua Smith managed 51.46 (18th).
Those were the lead performers for UTSA with Brunette’s quarter-final taking place on Saturday to decide if his season continues.