Cardinals set personal bests, break school records at home

By Niko Castro


Few records were safe at the fifth Annual UIW Invitational held April 11-12 at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium where 14 schools from multiple conferences and divisions competed.

The host Cardinals did not disappoint, as there was an abundance of University of the Incarnate Word athletes who had success.

“We had a good number of personal bests and school records broken,” said UIW Head Coach Derek Riedel.

Overall, it was a strong showing for the Cardinals who set 15 new stadium records over the weekend. Southland Conference-mate Stephen F. Austin set six records of their own:  three for women’s track and the men’s team.

Chris Dewitt, a UIW junior sports management major, led the men’s track team by running season record-times of 10.47 in the 100-meter dash and a 21.17 in the 200-meter dash. The latter was the fastest time ever by a Cardinal at Benson.

For the women’s team, sophomore rehabilitative science major Jasmine Waring tied for first in the high jump, soaring over the 5’7” mark.

The younger members of the Cardinals’ track squad had their fair share of record-breaking action when freshman biology major Myah Antwi set two school records in the shot put and hammer throw. She finished third place in the shot put competition.

Other Cardinals who put their mark on the event were Brittney Holcombe, Daniela Anane-Bediakoh Stephanie Nelson and Courtney Miller who competed in the 4×100 meter relay, coming in second with a time of 46.27. Zariah Noyola also set a personal best by finishing third in the 400-meter hurdles.

For many of the Cardinal athletes it was their last hoorah as this was their final opportunity to shine at Benson. Six student-athletes making their last home stand included Daniela Anane-Bediakoh, Katlyn Savage, Cody McDonnough, Matthew Harris, Chance Dziuk and Alejandro Hernandez.

The Incarnate Word’s men’s team finished first out of all the Division I participants with 150 points. Even though the Lady Cardinals scored more points than the men, they ultimately fell to Stephen F. Austin 170-162.5.

The Cardinals are nearing the end of the season with participation Friday, May 2, in the UTSA Invitational and the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships May 9-11 at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

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