Athlete Spotlight: Casey Selsor
Take a look at Casey Selsor and you'll probably start humming "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."
The 6-foot-3-inch, 180 pound junior out of San Antonio's Reagan High School has baseball written all over him.
The Washington Nationals thought so. The MLB club drafted Selsor right out of high school, in the 37th round. But UTSA was calling.
Selsor, a marketing major, is a two-way player for the Roadrunners. As a freshman, the lefthander
showed his athleticism by appearing in 16 games (five starts) on the mound and 27 contests in the field,
including 22 starts at first base, a position he had not played since his little league days.
Last year, he pitched in 14 games, including 13 starts, and made 34 appearances in the field. He
recorded a 5–6 record on the mound while fanning a team-best 60 batters in 86 innings. At the plate, he
hit .292 with 11 doubles, two triples and eight homers, and drove in 27 runs.
So go ahead. Buy him some peanuts and Cracker Jack.
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STEPHEN FRANKLIN, Photo by David Richard
UTSA enjoyed its most successful
season on the hardwood in 20 years.
Under the direction of fifth-year head
coach Brooks Thompson, the
Roadrunners posted a 20–14 overall
record—the first 20-win season since
1991–92—and finished with a 9–7
Southland Conference record for the
second straight campaign. UTSA upset
the top three seeds to win the
Southland Tournament and advance to
the NCAA Tournament for the first time
The history-making run did not stop
there, as the Roadrunners defeated
Alabama State, 70–61, in the first
round in Dayton, Ohio, on March 16 to
record the school’s first–ever NCAA
postseason victory in any sport.
Top-ranked Ohio State ended UTSA’s
season in the second round two days
later in Cleveland.
Three Roadrunners were honored for
their success on the floor. Senior point
guard Devin Gibson was named to the
All-Southland Conference First Team and
was voted the Southland Tournament
MVP after guiding UTSA to the championship.
The Houston native broke the
league’s career steals record and eclipsed
four additional school career standards
and one single-season mark. He also was
honored by the National Association of
Basketball Coaches as a first-team
Meanwhile, Jeromie Hill was tabbed
the Southland Freshman of the Year
and joined sophomore Melvin Johnson
III as an honorable mention all-conference
UTSA’s season came to an end in the
semifinals of the Southland Conference
Tournament at the hands of eventual-champion
McNeese State. In the
quarterfinal win over Sam Houston
State, senior Ashleigh Franklin set a
tournament record with 15 free throws
en route to a career-high 33 points. She
was named to the all-tournament team
and earned third-team All-Southland
honors, while fellow senior Amber Gregg
was named to the second team.
A 16th place finish in the NCAA West
Regional in Auburn, Wash., wrapped up
the most successful season in program
history. Led by Southland Conference
Coach of the Year Carrie Parnaby, the
Roadrunners won their first league title in
April and placed a record four players on
the all-conference squads. Sophomore
Paola Valerio, the Southland Player of
the Year, and Fabiola Arriaga, who
earned Freshman of the Year honors,
helped UTSA notch a record six top-five
finishes this year.
Men’s Track & Field
The Roadrunners won their sixth
consecutive Southland Conference
Indoor Championship in February,
matching Lamar’s 26-year-old record
established from 1980–85. Led by
league Coach of the Year Aaron Fox, the
Roadrunners tied their conference
record with six individual titles—sophomore Keith Benford (high jump),
senior Devon Bond (triple jump), junior
Albert Cardenas (mile), sophomore
Richard Garrett Jr. (shot put),
sophomore Taylor Reed (pole vault) and
sophomore Tyler Williamson (long
jump)—en route to 153 points, which
was the second-highest total in the
meet’s 32–year history (Lamar scored
164 in 1983).
Fox not only extended his conference-record run with his sixth consecutive
Coach of the Year trophy, but in
March he also was named the U.S.
Track & Field and Cross Country
Coaches Association’s South Central
Region Coach of the Year for the second
time in four years. UTSA’s other
postseason award winner was sophomore
Richard Garrett Jr. The Garland
native was tabbed the circuit’s
Outstanding Track Performer and was
the lone Roadrunner to advance to the
NCAA Indoor Championships, where he
earned second-team All-America honors
after placing 15th in the shot.
Women’s Track & Field
Senior Aimee Jonas won UTSA’s
seventh Southland Conference
pentathlon championship at the
Southland Indoor meet in February. The
La Vernia native scored a career–best
3,425 points for the Roadrunners’ first
pentathlon title since 2007.
—UTSA Athletics Communications