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Athlete Spotlight: Fabiola Arriaga

Fabiola Arriaga has a mean putter, a meaner driver, and a driving will to win. The first player in UTSA golf team history to be named Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, the 20-year-old from Mexico “is a diamond in the rough with a lot of natural talent” who only now is beginning “to realize just how great she can be,” said golf coach Carrie Parnaby.

Despite being just out of her teens, the native of Torreon last year held the team’s second-lowest stroke average, 76.25, on her way to becoming only the second freshman in university history named to the Southland Conference first team.

Arriaga dropped ballet and first picked up golf clubs at age 9, about the time that her twin brother decided he was no longer interested. “I didn’t like it very much at first, but for my dad’s sake, I kept at it. What I really got to enjoy was the competition, which really motivated me to do my best,” she said.

Although she loves to dance, visit friends in Austin and Dallas, and listen to music—“anything except ranchera”—she doesn’t have much free time.

A second-year communications major on full scholarship, Arriaga has played in each of the team’s tournaments since joining the team in 2010. The avowed vegan was on the Mexican National team in 2009 and 2010 and competed in the National Athletic Olympics in 2010 after winning the U.S. Girls’ Qualifier in 2009.

“The strongest part of my game is the mental side,” Arriaga noted. “If I am ‘there’ mentally, I will do well. So for me, the major part is the preparation, getting into my respiration routine and getting over the jitters, getting calm and prepared for what I need to do.”

Parnaby said that Arriaga “has a great mental approach and has the capability to be one of the best players in college golf.”

Arriaga’s goal is simple: “Win all the tournaments that I can. I want our team to get strong and become a Top 25 nationally ranked team, which we are capable of doing.”

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Sport Briefs


rendering of newly designed athletics field complex

An artist's rendering of the newly designed athletics field complex. Courtesy of HKS Sports & Entertainment Group


Athletics

HKS Sports & Entertainment group was selected to design UTSA’s new athletics complex, which will be located at the 125-acre-UTSA Park West Campus (approximately two miles west of Main Campus). The work will include soccer and track and field stadiums, as well as the initial utilities, road and parking infrastructure. The project will be completed in multiple phases with the first including the design and construction of a 1,000-seat-soccer stadium, 1,000-seat-track and field stadium and 500-space-surface parking lot. The facilities will be used for public events, as well as serving as home base for Roadrunners sports teams.

Men’s Basketball

UTSA finished the 2011–12 campaign with an 18–14 overall record and earned the No. 5 seed for the Southland Conference Tournament with a 10–6 league ledger, the program’s most league wins since 2004–05. The Roadrunners now have registered 76 victories in the last four seasons under sixth-year-head coach Brooks Thompson, an average of 18 per year. A trio of players was honored by the Southland, as sophomore forward Jeromie Hill and junior guard Melvin Johnson III were named second-and-third-team all-conference-, respectively, while junior guard Kannon Burrage picked up honorable mention accolades.

Women’s Basketball

Sophomore Judy Jones earned honorable mention all-Southland-Conference accolades for the UTSA women’s basketball team this past season. The Monroe, LA., native averaged 10.1 points and a team–leading 7.0 rebounds per game for the Roadrunners. In league play, she upped those averages to a team best 11.6 ppg and 8.5 rpg. Jones closed the campaign with a career high 29 points and 11 rebounds against UT Arlington.

Men’s Golf

Sophomore Ryan Werre was named February’s Southland Conference player of the month after registering a 71.67 stroke average and a pair of top-15-finishes, including tying for fourth with a career-best three–underpar-213 at the Rice intercollegiate. The Redcliff, Alberta, native opened his spring season with four consecutive top-15-showings.

Women’s Golf

The Roadrunners won February’s Islanders Classic by 40 strokes, giving the program multiple victories in a season for the first time in program history (UTSA won the Alamo Invitational Title in November). Senior Summer Batiste and sophomore Taylor Newlin claimed the top spot on the individual leader board and Batiste was honored as February’s Southland Conference player of the month following the event.

Men’s Tennis

The Roadrunners achieved the program’s first–ever national ranking in February, and that came on the heels of a 4–3 upset victory at No. 36 Rice on Feb. 11. it was UTSA’s first win against a ranked opponent since March 3, 2007, when the Roadrunners defeated No. 75 San Francisco.

Men’s Track & Field

Head Coach Aaron Fox led UTSA to an unprecedented seventh consecutive Southland Conference Indoor Championship in February. Led by a league record-tying-six individual champions, UTSA scored 134 points, which was the second highest total in school history. The victory broke the Roadrunners’s tie with Lamar, which won six crowns in a row from 1980–85, and the half dozen gold medals pushed the program’s all–time total to 62, of which 38 have come during Fox’s 10–year tenure.

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UTSA sophomore track team member, Kerry Thompson, participates in the Trinity University Tiger Relays track and field meet in March.


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