Zapata Breaks Program Record in 3,000-meter Steeplechase to Lead UTRGV Track & Field at Texas Relays

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Jennifer Zapata Photo Credit: Joshua Mills
Jennifer Zapata Photo Credit: Joshua Mills

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AUSTIN – Senior Los Fresnos alum Jennifer Zapata broke the program record for the 3,000-meter steeplechase to lead The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) outdoor track & field teams at the 92nd annual Clyde Little Field Texas Relays on Thursday at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Zapata finished in a time of 10:49.23, breaking her own record of 10:53.18 set in 2017. Zapata was in 12th after two laps and 10th for the next three laps before moving up a spot during each of the final two laps to finish eighth out of 16. Her final lap time of 1:29.47 was the fourth best in the field.

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Senior Omer Almog finished 11th in Section A of the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:01.85.

UTRGV competes in 10 events on Friday starting at 9:35 a.m. with most events scheduled to be televised live on Longhorn Network.

Thursday Results

Running Events

Women’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase

8. Jennifer Zapata, 10:49.23

Program Record

Men’s 1,500-Meter Run (Section A)

11. Omer Almog, 4:01.85


Field Event

Women’s Shot Put (Section B), 10 a.m.

Samariae Bonds

Running Events (Preliminaries)

Morning Session, 9:35 a.m.

Women’s 4×100-Meter Relay

Destiny Rutherford, Ashley Hughes, Zarrey Sams, Keely Satterfield

Men’s 4×100-Meter Relay

Ronnie Ollivierre, Yashawn Hamilton, Maxime Gardes, Mariano Hernandez, Carlos Serna-Hernandez

Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles

Dimitris Levantinos

Kyle Marroquin

Men’s 100-Meter Dash

Yashawn Hamilton

Women’s 4×400-Meter Relay

Destiny Rutherford, Kyra Keurentjes, Elizabeth Ortiz, Ashely Hughes, Natalie Garza, Monica Rivera, Zarrey Sams

Men’s 4×400-Meter Relay

Carlos Serna-Hernandez, Max Carmona, Mariano Hernandez, Brandon Sanders, Kyle Marroquin

Evening Session

Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles, 5:40 p.m.

Carlos Serna-Hernandez

Women’s Distance Medley Relay, 5:50 p.m

Sierra Spinler, Natalie Garza, Kyra Keurentjes, Dorcas Koech, Monica Rivera

Men’s Distance Medley Relay, 6:05 p.m.

Tristan Pena, Brandon Sanders, Max Carmona, Omer Almog, Brian Yanez, Mariano Hernandez


Field Event

Women’s Discus (Section B), 10 a.m.

Diamond Thomas

Running Event

Women’s 4×800-Meter Relay, 10:40 a.m.

Kyra Keurentjes, Monica Rivera, Sierra Spinler, Dorcas Koech

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