The UTPA men’s and women’s track & field teams opened up their outdoor season with fourth place finishes at the Cactus Cup in Kingsville.
The Broncs had six first place finishes, four of which were by Valley-natives as sophomore and Mercedes alum Deandra Barroso won the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.21, senior and McAllen Rowe alum Andy Lopez won the men’s 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.78, junior and Edinburg North alum Luis Serrano won the men’s 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:51.68, and junior and Mission Veterans alum Alejandro Trevino won the men’s triple jump with a distance of 14.15 meters.
One of the Broncs’ other wins came courtesy of sophomore Jasmine Davison, who won the hammer throw with a toss of 49.66 meters. The Broncs took each of the top three spots in that event, four of the top five, and seven of the top 11.
The final victory came from junior Dijan Johnson, who won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.46.
The Broncs are back in action Thursday through Saturday in Houston when they compete in the 31st Annual Victor Lopez Classic, hosted by Rice.
The UTPA men’s tennis team went 0-6 on a road trip that saw them play five matches in five days in the Carolinas over spring break, and then after a three-day respite, make a visit to College Station to face No. 54 Arkansas on Tuesday.
After getting shutout in the first four matches, the Broncs broke through in a 2-5 loss at Gardner-Webb on Friday. The Broncs won the doubles point and needed just three singles matches to get a win. Former Greek Junior National Team participant Thomas-Orestis Panoulas got the Broncs a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 win at No. 1, and both the No. 2 and No. 3 singles matches went three sets, but the Bulldogs picked up both wins and took the remaining three singles matches in straight sets.
Panoulas continued his solid play by picking up the Broncs’ lone point in a 1-6 loss to Arkansas, 3-6, 6-4 (10-5) over Mandred Jeske at No. 1. It is the second time this season that Panoulas has defeated the No. 1 singles player of a ranked team.
The Broncs kick-off a three-match home stand at 9 a.m. Saturday when they play a doubleheader against Division II school Incarnate Word and Prairie View A&M at the Orville Cox Tennis Center. Admission is free. In between matches, the Broncs will host a free Tennis Kids Clinic.
The Broncs close out the home stand with a Southland Conference matchup against New Orleans on Monday.
After a three week break, the UTPA women’s tennis team returns to the Orville Cox Tennis Center to host Prairie View A&M on Friday in their final home match of the season.