Senior All-America center fielder Michael Rockett put a stamp on one of the finest careers in Southland Conference history this spring, as he set league career records for at-bats, hits, doubles, runs batted in and total bases. The Sugar Land, Texas, native also set a UTSA all-time mark for runs scored. Rockett entered his final season in navy blue and orange with an impressive list of honors, including being a preseason first-team All-American, a 2008 second-team All-American, the 2008 SLC Player of the Year and a 2006 Freshman All-American.
Led by 23 points from sophomore guard Jordan Stark, the women’s basketball team captured its second straight Southland Conference Tournament Championship with a 74–63 victory over UT Arlington on March 14 at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. SLC Player of the Year Monica Gibbs and SLC Tournament MVP Onika Anderson chipped in with 19 and 18 points, respectively, as the Roadrunners earned their second straight NCAA Tournament bid with the win. In the NCAA first round, the No. 15-seed Roadrunners gave second-seed and Big 12 Conference Champion Baylor all it could handle before falling in overtime, 87–82. UTSA posted a school-record 24 victories, while Gibbs tied an NCAA single-season record with three triple-doubles.
Behind individual titles won by seniors Will Vese (110-meter hurdles) and Tommy Wolfe (heptathlon) and juniors Teddy Williams (60 meters, 200 meters) and Johnathan Whittaker (high jump), the UTSA men’s track and field team won its fourth consecutive Southland Conference Indoor Championship on Feb. 21 in Houston. The Roadrunners scored 120.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up UT Arlington (101) and became the first school to win more than three straight indoor titles since Lamar won six in a row from 1980 to 1985. Following the meet, head coach Aaron Fox was voted SLC Coach of the Year for the fifth time, while Williams was tabbed SLC Athlete of the Year and Outstanding Track Performer.
Junior Dana Mecke was named Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year for women’s cross country and women’s indoor track and field, while senior Ryba Pawlaczyk collected the same honor for women’s basketball. The award is presented to the one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution. Mecke carries a 3.95 GPA in mechanical engineering. She won the conference’s cross country, 800 meters and mile crowns and anchored the distance medley relay to top honors. Pawlaczyk maintains a 3.32 GPA in biology and clinical lab, and is ranked second in the league with 1.7 blocks per game. She has averaged 10.8 points and 9 rebounds per contest.
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