The UTPA men’s golf team, led by PSJA Memorial’s Johnathan Sloss and McAllen High’s Ricky Solis finished in sixth out of 14 teams at the ULM Wallace Jones Invitational at Southern Pines Golf Club in Calhoun, Louisiana, on Monday and Tuesday.
Sloss tied for the tournament-high with nine birdies while shooting a 229 (79, 77, 76), placing him in a tie for 20th out of 80 golfers.
Solis was one of just three players to record an eagle, finishing tied for 35th with a 234 (75, 80, 79).
Senior Kevin Kirakossian led the Broncs with a 227 (77, 74, 76) to finish tied for 12th.
As a team, the Broncs shot a 925 (303, 313, 309).
It was the Broncs last tune up before the America Sky Conference Championships, set for April 29-May 1 at The Dominion in San Antonio. For the second year in a row, the winning team gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.
Track & Field
The Broncs grabbed a pair of wins while turning in several strong performances at the Texas State Invitational last Saturday in San Marcos.
Senior Judith Chumba, who earned Great West Conference Runner of the Week honors after winning the 5,000-meter run with a career-best time last week, one-upped herself by breaking that record with a 17:24.75, the second fastest time in school history. The Broncs have nominated her to win the award again.
Junior Dijan Johnson picked up his first win of the season, completing the 400-meter hurdles in a career-best time of 52.25 seconds.
The Broncs also had a pair of second place finishes and three third place finishes.
In the men’s 800-meter run, McAllen Rowe’s Andy Lopez ran a 1:49.80 and junior Martin Casse finished in 1:50.90 to claim second and third place, respectively.
Sophomore PSJA Memorial’s Macario Zarate came in second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.55.
Sophomore Jasmine Davison took third in the hammer throw with a toss of 50.67 meters.
The Broncs take part in the Javelina Twilight Invitational, hosted by Texas A&M-Kingsville, on Saturday.
The Great West Conference named UTPA senior captain Sarah Kothny the GWC Golfer of the Week on Friday.
The award recognized Kothny for leading the Broncs and being the best player in the conference over their last four tournaments, daring back to Feb. 26.