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UTSA's Richard Garrett Jr. named Conference USA Field Athlete of the Year

Richard Garrett Jr.

Richard Garrett Jr.
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(June 25, 2014) -- UTSA student Richard Garrett Jr. capped a remarkable final season as the senior All-American was named Conference USA Field Athlete of the Year.

Garrett Jr. finished fourth in the shot put at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. The Garland native broke his program record for the fifth time this year with his measurement of 66-1 (20.14m), as he became the first five-time All-American in school history.

That came on the heels of winning this year's C-USA Championship with a meet-record put of 65-9 3/4 (20.06m). He also was victorious in the discus at the league meet with a personal-record toss of 188-5 (57.44m) and his fifth-place performance in the hammer (179-6/54.71m) gave him a team-leading total of 24 points.

The 6-foot, 275-pounder was named the conference's Field Performer of the Meet for his efforts and he also was a three-time C-USA Athlete of the Week honoree this past season.

All told, Garrett Jr. stood atop the podium 10 times in his final campaign, as he was a five-time shot put winner and four-time discus gold medalist to go along with one triumph in the hammer.

The award capped an amazing outdoor season for the Roadrunners.

UTSA won the C-USA Championship with a program-record 172 points in its first season as a member of the circuit, and the Roadrunners went on to post their best finish at the national meet (t-33rd/eight points).

Keyunta Hayes (first team/400m hurdles) and Andrew Akens (honorable mention/shot put) joined Garrett Jr. as All-Americans, and the Birds won a total of five individual/relay crowns at the conference meet in Houston.

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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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