UTSA wins five events in season opener Ted Nelson Invitational

COLLEGE STATION, Texas— UTSA track and field teams won five events at the season-opening indoor Ted Nelson Invitational on Saturday at Gilliam Indoor Stadium.

The men took top honors in four different events as Bashiru Abdullahi won the 60 meter hurdles, Sam Healy claimed the long jump, Jemuel Miller won the triple jump and Diego Pettorossi finished first among collegiate competitors in the 200 m.

Acacia Astwood led the women in winning shot put gold in her UTSA debut. The UNLV transfer measured 18.23 yards (59-9.75) to beat the pitch by nearly four feet. The Nassau, Bahamas native improved on each of her first three throws, culminating with a 17.22m (56-6) effort on her third to secure three more attempts. After clearing 17.93m (58-10) on her fourth down and fouling on her fifth, she threw her best throw of the day to move up to fourth on the all-time performer list. UTSA time.

Abdullahi claimed his sixth victory as a Roadrunner by crossing the finish line first in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.87 seconds. The 2020 Conference USA champion reached the final also posting a 7.87 in his preliminary run.

Healy jumped to his best mark indoors as a Roadrunner to win the long jump title, touching the sand from a distance of 7.48m (24-6.5). The Ireland native posted his winning metric on his first trip to the track and is now tied with Justin Youngblood as UTSA’s all-time No. 4 performer in the event.

Miller made his UTSA debut a memorable one by winning the triple jump. The freshman from Barbados jumped to a mark of 15.43m (50-7.5) on his first attempt and it was good enough to retain the crown and move up to fourth on the list all-time artists in the program.

Pettorossi clocked 21.35 to win his section and post the second fastest time of the day behind Lance Broome’s 21.03. The Bologna, Italy native is now UTSA’s all-time No. 3 in both.

In other actions for men, Christian LeRoux third in the long jump with a score of 7.15m (23-5.5).

The afternoon was generally solid for the jumpers, because Ingeborg Grunwald second in the women’s long jump. The defending C-USA champion jumped 6.18m (20-3.5), tying her career indoor record as a Roadrunner.

Oreoluwa Adamson finished sixth among middle schoolers in the long jump with a mark of 5.76m (18-10.75).

On the track, Abby Balli finished third among middle schoolers and fifth overall in the mile with a time of 5:03.82.

The Roadrunners will be back in action next Saturday, January 22, when they return to College Station for the Texas Aggie Invitational.

UTSA results


60 meters (preliminaries)

seven. Trevion McCalla 6.91q
9. Jose Garcia 6.92Q
9. Denis Phillips 6.92

60 meters (final)

6. (5.) Jose Garcia 6.89
8. (7.) Trevion McCalla 7.00

200 meters

2. (1.) Diego Pettorossi 9:35 p.m.
9. (7.) Lirim Emerllahou 22.01
23. (20.) Antoine Ma 22.95

400 meters

seven. Noah Rhodes 49.73
13. Gabriel Green 51.80

800 meters

10. (8.) Daniel Moraux 1:56.98


10. (8.) Victor Charo 4:27.33
13. (11.) J.D. Corona 4:28.69

3,000 meters

14. (13.) Spencer Herbstrtt 8:43.80
23. (21.) Gabe Hernandez 9:03.05

60 meters hurdles (preliminary)

1. Bashiru Abdullahi 7.87Q
12. (11.) Gabriel Green 8.47

60 meters hurdles (final)

1. Bashiru Abdullahi 7.87

Relay 4×400 meters

4. UTSA 3:16.57

Medley relay distance

7. UTSA (Michael Paredes, Daniel Moraux, J.D. Corona, Spencer Herbstrtt) 10:40.35

long jump

1. Sam Healy 7.48m (24-6.5)
3. Christian LeRoux 7.15m (23-5.5)
6. (5.) Joel McFarlane 6.98m (22-10.75)

Triple jump

1. Jemuel Miller 15.43m (50-7.5)

Shot put

13. Joel McFarlane 13.22m (43-4.5)


60 meters (preliminaries)

16. (14.) Thennelle Williams 7.81
20. (18.) McKenzie Cooley 7.90

400 meters

11. Mackenzie Grimes 59.39
12. Ibiso David West 59.51
15. Sabrina Williams 1:06.20


5. (3.) Abby Balli 5:03.82
18. (16.) Sing Dixon 5:30.99

Relay 4×400 meters

7.UTSA 4:00.07

big jump

8. Maren Wilms 1.58m (5-2.25)

long jump

2. Ingeborg Grünwald 6.18m (20-3.5)
7. (6.) Oreoluwa Adamson 5.76m (18-10.75)

Shot put

1. Acacia Astwood 18.23m (59-9.75)