Tyler’s Keyunta Hayes led UT San Antonio to its third Southland Conference Outdoor Championship in five years. The Robert E. Lee graduate won both the 110-meter high hurdles and 400-meter hurdles to help put the Roadrunners over the top.
Hayes, a sophomore at UTSA, clocked in at 13.86 seconds in winning the program’s fifth 110 hurdles title (first since 2008) and the Tyler native came back 90 minutes later to lead UTSA to a 1-2-3 finish in the 400 hurdles with a career-best time of 50.37, which gave him a gold medal in the event for the second consecutive year. Junior Darryl Wyrick (50.93) and sophomore Joshua Smith (51.30) also registered personal bests en route second and third, respectively.
“Winning this event was a goal of mine coming into the meet and it was a very competitive race,” Hayes said after winning the high hurdles. “Everyone was working hard and this was one of the closest races I’ve had this season because everyone fought to the finish.
“I had a lot of confidence coming into today, but everyone brought their game,” he later said after successfully defending his 400 hurdles title. “I thought I ran a good race, but I had a couple of mistakes on the backside. My teammates really did a great job of pushing me. I really wanted to get the school record, but I have plenty of time to do that. Big ups to Darryl and Josh for helping us finish 1-2-3.”
Hayes finished the meet as the Roadrunners’ top scorer with 22 points after running the opening leg of the squad’s second-place 1,600-meter relay that recorded a season-best time of 3:08.77.
The 2011 Southland Outdoor Freshman of the Year was the team’s leading point producer a year ago and he now has won four conference crowns (one indoor, three outdoor) in two years.
UTSA will be back in action next week when it begins competition at the NCAA Championships Preliminary Rounds in Austin. The three-day meet gets underway on Thursday at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
— UTSA Sports Information