Former and current UTSA Roadrunners competing for spots on Team USA – San Antonio Express-News

Track and field athletes from across the country are competing for spots on Team USA starting Friday afternoon in Eugene, Ore.

Former UTSA Roadrunners Luca Chatham, Dana Mecke and Victor Perez, and current UTSA junior Faith Roberson will be there. 

Perez was the first of the group to compete at the Olympic trials, and he placed 9th in men’s hammer throw with a measurement of 66.33 meters. The San Antonio native will advance to the June 20 finals.

Up next is Chatham’s run in the men’s 800-meter run at 7:26 p.m. 

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Aaron Fox, director of UTSA’s track and field and cross country teams, says this year’s group of runners is promising.

“The four we have is the biggest group that we’ve had,” Fox said.

Fox has been working with UTSA track and field for about 20 years and spoke highly of the athletes and their performances.

“Part of what’s been so much fun at UTSA is setting that tradition and building the program and [being able to] build that legacy,” he said.

Since their time on UTSA’s track, all three former students still hold at least one school record.

Roberson, set a school record for the 400-meter hurdles at 57.54 seconds in March, then broke her own record in May at 56.89 seconds. Roberson will travel to Oregon on June 22 in time for her June 25 event.

“I don’t think words can even express how excited I am,” she said.

She said she’s physically and mentally ready, and is ready to give it all she’s got on the track.

“This will probably be one of my last races ever, so I’m just going to go out there and run, I have nothing to lose,” Roberson said.

Although she loves the sport, Roberson said she’s been running since she was five years old and will focus on her business degree after her running career at UTSA ends.

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UTSA track and field athletes have competed in the Olympic Trials in the past. In 2016, Richard Garrett competed in the Olympic trials, Coach Fox said.

Mecke’s last UTSA season was in 2012. She said she has been training for years, and is currently a part of the Colorado Springs Track Club Elite.

“I feel like I’m going into the trials with a lot of confidence, and I’m excited to give it my all out there,” she said.

Mecke will run in the women’s 800 meter on June 24.

NBC is providing live coverage and results of the trials. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed last year and will begin on July 23.

Malak.Silmi@express-news.net