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UTSA debate team ranks sixth in nation among 250 institutions

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UTSA holiday break debating: (front row from left) Jessica Mendez, Skip Eno (coach) and Chris Thomas; (back row) Tyler Colwell, Austin Montee, Andy Montee and Emil Calhoun

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(Jan. 28, 2010)--Roadrunner debaters had a great holiday break, competing in two back-to-back tournaments at the University of North Texas (Denton) and UT Dallas. By the end of six days of debate, UTSA was ranked sixth in the nation among more than 250 college and university debate teams.

UTSA leads debate powerhouses such as Dartmouth, Cornell, Oklahoma, Harvard, Michigan State, Wake Forest, University of Kansas, U.S. Military Academy, UT Austin and Vanderbilt. At the close of the fall 2009 semester, UTSA was ranked 11th nationally.

During the break, debaters Andy Montee and Chris Thomas placed fourth in the championship division at the University of North Texas, defeating teams from Kansas State, Binghamton, Emory, Emporia, Baylor and Trinity. UTSA novices Jessica Mendez and Emil Calhoun beat teams from Kansas State, Richmond and Rochester, placing second overall in the tournament.

At UT Dallas, Montee and Thomas placed fifth among 144 teams, winning over teams from Samford, Binghamton, Baylor, Emory and Trinity. Junior Division debaters Austin Montee and Tyler Colwell won their division by besting debaters from North Texas, Richmond, Binghamton and Wyoming. UTSA novices Mendez and Calhoun also placed first by beating University of Florida in the final round.

Individually, our debaters did well. In Denton, Andy Montee placed ninth and Chris Thomas came in eighth among all speakers. Jessica Mendez won the fourth-place speaker award in the Novice Division. In Dallas, Andy Montee placed 19th and Chris Thomas placed 13th among 288 debaters. Austin Montee placed seventh in the Junior Varsity division.

Five more tournaments remain in the 2009-2010 season. UT Austin, which draws a large national field of teams, is Feb. 5-8, followed by four regional and national championship tournaments.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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