UTSA announced their Men’s and Women’s Track and Field signing classes for 2016, gathering in some of the best talent in Texas to the programs. Eight join the women’s program, while five come throughout Texas to join the men’s program.
Anika Alforo joins from Raymondville High School, and comes to compete in middle distance races, having posted an 11:51.73 in the 3200m. Alforo was the team MVP every year of her varsity career, qualifying twice for the regionals in both track and field and cross country.
Brenttany Birdow will be a thrower for UTSA after a successful varsity career at Hitchcock High School. In 2016 she claimed the Area title, and in every year Birdow won her district title, coming as a strong competitor.
Adding to the throwing stocks is Maia Campbell from Judson High School, with marks of 44-3 ¾ for shot put and 135-9 for discus. Campbell won the area championship in shotput and district in discus in her senior varsity season, but had previously come seventh in the state in shot put in 2014.
Running the shorter middle distance races is Taylor Lett, joining from Klein High School in Spring, wit times of 58.32 in the 400 and 2:17 in the 800. Lett comes in after winning the 800m district title, as part of a team district championship.
Tadrian Rose joins the Roadrunners as a sprinter, joining from Harker Heights High School in Killeen. Rose has times of 7.52 in the 60, 11.83 in the 100 and 24.60 in the 200, solid times that could prove useful for UTSA.
Jayela Slack will be a third middle distance runner in the women’s program, specializing in the 800m. While at Atascosia High School in Humble she made the district championships in the 800 and has a career best of 2:17.38.
The final signing for the women is Marlette Trevino who joins to run the distance races for UTSA, having done the same at Rio Grande City High School. With a best of 5:20.99 in the 1600m, Trevino made second-team All-Valley, while winning All-District honors thrice.
Caleb Devereaux joins the men’s team from Pearland Texas and will come running the middle distances, with a best time of 1:56.2 in the 800. In 2016 he finished fifth in the district in that event and qualified for the Junior Olympics in 2015 for the 800.
Jumper Jacob McDaniel will join from Langham Creek High School in Houston, with an especially good performance in high jump. McDaniel has bests of 6-8 in the high jump, 22-7 in the long jump 45-9 ½ in the triple jump, with that triple jump mark as a school record.
Andrew Pirog is the first to join UTSA in the 2016 class competing in hurdles, remaining in his home town after excelling at Reagan. Pirog has a 37.75 PB in the 300m hurdles, where he won the Area championship.
Christopher Rosales joins UTSA from Harlingen High School and will compete in the sprints. Rosales has bests of 10.67 in the 100m, 21.70 in the 200m and 49.23 in the 400m, which should serve UTSA well, with competitive times.
The final addition to UTSA’s track and field teams is Michael Zuniga joining as a thrower from Rio Hondo High School. Zuniga comes in after winning the area title in shot put and just missing it in discus, finishing second, adding a solid thrower to the UTSA squad.