Behind a school-record tying six individual and relay titles, UTSA won its eighth consecutive indoor conference championship at February’s WAC meet in Albuquerque, N.M. The Roadrunners, who claimed the first WAC crown in UTSA athletics history, scored a program-record 159 points to easily defeat runner-up UT Arlington. Head coach Aaron Fox was named the league’s coach of the year.
Richard Garrett Jr. also had a senior season to remember. The Garland native was chosen as WAC Field Athlete of the Year after winning his third consecutive conference shot put championship and placing fourth in the weight throw. He entered March’s NCAA Indoor Championships with the nation’s third-best shot put mark (65-9½) and went on to match the best national finish—fourth—in program history. That was good for first-team All-America honors.
UTSA accounted for 116 points at February’s WAC Indoor Championships for its highest total in 17 years, and the Roadrunners just missed their first league title since 1994 with their runner-up showing. I-35 rival Texas State was able to hold off UTSA by just six points, but the second-place showing was the program’s best in 16 years. Seniors Katie Bragg (weight throw) and Eboni Johnson (triple jump) both won individual gold medals for the Roadrunners.
UTSA pulled off the biggest upset by seed in the history of the WAC Tournament when the ninth-seeded Roadrunners toppled top seed and regular season co-champion Louisiana Tech, 73-67, in the quarterfinal round on March 14 in Las Vegas, Nev. UTSA saw its season come to an end against UT Arlington in the semifinals one night later. Individually, senior point guard Michael Hale III was named third-team All-WAC after averaging 15.6 points, 3.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.
UTSA finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 16-14 record, which gave the program its fifth winning mark in the last six seasons. After being picked to finish eighth and ninth by the media and coaches in the WAC preseason polls, the Roadrunners placed fourth with a 10-8 league record. Led by third-team all-conference selection Kamra King, the team doubled its win total from last season and led the league in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense.
UTSA, which tied the school record with a 5-0 start to the season, has shown its offensive prowess and led the WAC in several different offensive categories. Additionally, the Birds took three of four games from Pac-12 Conference member Washington State, downed Big 12 Conference member Baylor for the second straight season and defeated all three of their opponents at the UTSA Classic—Penn State, Nebraska-Omaha and Stephen F. Austin—in March.
After a successful start to the season, UTSA opened WAC play March 22-23 with a three-game sweep of Texas State in San Marcos. It was the Roadrunners’ first sweep of their I-35 rival since 2004 and the first in San Marcos since 1996.