Track & Field Captures Eight Event Wins, 13 Personal Bests at J. Fred Duckett Twilight


HOUSTON– The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Vaqueros track & field program had another strong meet Saturday in the final non-conference tune-up at Rice’s J. Fred Duckett Twilight, capturing eight event wins and 13 personal bests. 
 

Additionally, both the men’s and women’s teams swept the South Texas Showdown, presented by Rally Credit Union, against the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders. UTRGV’s men outscored the Islanders 81-41, while the women’s team defeated AMCC 94-45. 
 
The women’s team dominated the track, collecting four event wins. UTRGV’s 4×100-meter relay team of sophomore Nayla Harris,junior Zoë Adams,senior Yaria Akersand sophomore Symoria Adkinsran a program time of 44.99 to win the event. 
 
In the 400-meter dash, Adams ran the first sub-54 of her career, winning the event in 53.66 to take the No. 5 spot in program history. Adkins won the 100-meter in 13.86 to take the No. 8 spot in program history. Junior Samantha Gonzalezwon the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:56.70, taking the No. 5 spot in program history. 
 
Freshman James Vossnotched his fourth -10 performance in the men’s 110-meter as he finished second in 14.40, taking the No. 3 spot in the books. In the men’s 400-meter , sophomore Jaylen Crittonwas third in 53.02. 
 
Freshman Kailey Salazarmade the first entry into the women’s 800-meter -10 since 2021, taking the No. 4 spot, as she ran a personal-best 2:10.81 to finish third in the event. Senior Brownsville Porter alum Estrella Medellinadded a personal in the women’s 1,500-meter run as she finished sixth. Akers tabbed a personal-best 11.88 to take fourth the 100-meter dash.

UTRGV’s throws squad continued its strong season in Houston. Sophomore Hannah Hildingwon the women’s discus with a throw of 47.70 meters and tabbed a personal best in a second-place finish in women’s hammer throw, marking 57.55 meters to make her first entry into the program record books with the ninth-best throw. Graduate student Julian Trevinolaunched a personal-best 57.73 meters to take fourth in men’s javelin, also rising to No. 3 in program history. 

 

In the women’s shot put, the dynamic duo of Hilding and freshman Omolola Kuponiyiboth hit personal bests. Kuponiyi finished second with a mark of 15.25 meters and Hilding followed in fourth with a toss of 14.80 meters. Freshman McAllen High alum Adelaide Fleischmannrecorded a personal best as she finished third in women’s discus with a mark of 46.08 meters. 

 

The jumpers were not to be outdone. Sophomore Jedidiah Udunnawon the men’s long jump with a mark of 7.81 meters, the No. 2 jump in program history. He now owns the eight-best jumps and nine of the -10 in the record books. Sophomore Rayja’nae Pettittook second in the women’s long jump, while sophomore Tolu Odetolatabbed a personal-best as UTRGV placed three in the top-10. 

 

Sophomore Aaron Coopertook second and graduate student Gabrielle Thomaswas fourth in the men’s and women’s triple jumps, respectively. 

 

The Vaqueros found success during the afternoon session of track events. Senior Jaleel Scottwon the early of the men’s 100-meter dash and Critton hit a PB. Sophomore Brownsville Hanna alum Aliyah Castillowas third in the early women’s 400-meter dash. In the men’s 200-meter dash in the early session, freshman Weslaco East alum Gael Romo took fifth with a personal best time. 

 

The men’s 4×100-meter relay team of Scott, Romo, junior Jalen Neroand sophomore Jamari Hartswon the event in 41.17. 

 

Rounding out the day was sophomore PSJA High alum Faith Cruztaking fourth with a personal-best time of 18:01.67 in the women’s 5,000-meter run. 

 

Up next for the Vaqueros is the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Outdoor Championships hosted by Utah Valley in Orem, Utah running May 9-11. 

 

UTRGV Results

Field Events

Women’s hammer

2. Hannah Hilding, 57.55m 

· 9th in program history 

 

Men’s javelin

4. Julian Trevino, 57.73m 

· 3rd in program history 

 

Women’s long jump

2. Rayja’nae Pettit, 5.72m

5. Jordyn Tiggs, 5.53m

7. Tolu Odetola, 5.45m 

11. Aja Johnson, 5.29m 

 

Women’s triple jump

4. Gabrielle Thomas, 12.23m 

 

Men’s long jump

1. Jedidiah Udunna, 7.81m

· 2nd in program history 

6. Kevin Washington, 7.01m 

 

Men’s triple jump

2. Aaron Cooper, 14.49m

8. Hebrew Hunter, 13.71m 

 

Women’s discus

1. Hannah Hilding, 47.70m

3. Adelaide Fleischmann, 46.08m

18. Omolola Kuponiyi, 27.65m

 

Women’s shot put

2. Omolola Kuponiyi, 15.25m 

4. Hannah Hilding, 14.80m 

 

Track Events, Afternoon Session

Men’s 100-meter dash

1. Jaleel Scott, 10.98

3. Jalen Nero, 11.08 

13. Jaylen Critton, 11.29

14. Jaqualand Fields, 11.32

28. James Voss, 11.48 

 

Women’s 400-meter hurdles

5. Kalissa Cavazos, 1:07.14

 

Women’s 400-meter dash

3. Aliyah Castillo, 57.57

 

Men’s 200-meter dash

5. Gael Romo, 21.82

12. Jaleel Scott, 22.14

 

Track Events, Evening Session

Women’s 4×100-meter relay

1. Nayla Harris, Zoë Adams, Yaria Akers, Symoria Adkins, 44.99

· Program Record

 

Men’s 4×100-meter relay

1. Jaleel Scott, Gael Romo, Jalen Nero, Jamari Harts, 41.17 

 

Men’s 400-meter hurdles

3. Jaylen Critton, 53.02 

10. Jaqualand Fields, 56.55

11. Daniel Siaffa, 56.55

 

Women’s 400-meter dash

1. Zoë Adams, 53.66

· 5th in program history 

9. Trinity Kirk, 56.28  

13. P’soularia Maxey, 57.17 

 

Men’s 400-meter dash

4. Derrius Henry, 48.04

6. Sam Johnson II, 48.74 

 

Women’s 100-meter dash

4. Yaria Akers, 11.88 

5. Nayla Harris, 12.04

 

Men’s 100-meter dash

6. Gael Romo, 10.65 

 

Women’s 100-meter hurdles

1. Symoria Adkins, 13.86 

· 8th in program history 

 

Men’s 110-meter hurdles

2. James Voss, 14.40  

· 3rd in program history 

 

Women’s 800-meter run

3. Kailey Salazar, 2:10.81 

· 4th in program history 

 

Women’s 200-meter dash

5. Yaria Akers, 24.79  

11. Zoë Adams, 25.65 

 

Men’s 200-meter dash

4. Jalen Nero, 21.73 

9. Sam Johnson II, 22.32 

 

Women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase

1. Samantha Gonzalez, 10:56.70

· 5th in program history 

 

Women’s 1,500-meter run

6. Estrella Medellin, 4:41.98

 

Men’s 1,500-meter run

15. Abraham Morales, 3:59.01

 

Men’s 5,000-meter run

17. Ricardo Garcia, 15:16.99

 

Women’s 5,000-meter run

4. Faith Cruz, 18:01.67

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