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Athlete Spotlight: Casey Selsor

Take a look at Casey Selsor and you'll probably start humming "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." The 6-foot-3-inch, 180 pound junior out of San Antonio's Reagan High School has baseball written all over him.

The Washington Nationals thought so. The MLB club drafted Selsor right out of high school, in the 37th round. But UTSA was calling.

Selsor, a marketing major, is a two-way player for the Roadrunners. As a freshman, the lefthander showed his athleticism by appearing in 16 games (five starts) on the mound and 27 contests in the field, including 22 starts at first base, a position he had not played since his little league days.

Last year, he pitched in 14 games, including 13 starts, and made 34 appearances in the field. He recorded a 5–6 record on the mound while fanning a team-best 60 batters in 86 innings. At the plate, he hit .292 with 11 doubles, two triples and eight homers, and drove in 27 runs.

So go ahead. Buy him some peanuts and Cracker Jack.

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Sport Briefs

STEPHEN FRANKLIN, Photo by David Richard

Men’s Basketball

UTSA enjoyed its most successful season on the hardwood in 20 years. Under the direction of fifth-year head coach Brooks Thompson, the Roadrunners posted a 20–14 overall record—the first 20-win season since 1991–92—and finished with a 9–7 Southland Conference record for the second straight campaign. UTSA upset the top three seeds to win the Southland Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004.

The history-making run did not stop there, as the Roadrunners defeated Alabama State, 70–61, in the first round in Dayton, Ohio, on March 16 to record the school’s first–ever NCAA postseason victory in any sport. Top-ranked Ohio State ended UTSA’s season in the second round two days later in Cleveland.

The Roadrunners defeated Alabama State on March 16 in the NCAA tournament. Photo by Erik Schelken.

Three Roadrunners were honored for their success on the floor. Senior point guard Devin Gibson was named to the All-Southland Conference First Team and was voted the Southland Tournament MVP after guiding UTSA to the championship. The Houston native broke the league’s career steals record and eclipsed four additional school career standards and one single-season mark. He also was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as a first-team all-district choice.

Meanwhile, Jeromie Hill was tabbed the Southland Freshman of the Year and joined sophomore Melvin Johnson III as an honorable mention all-conference pick.

Women’s Basketball

UTSA’s season came to an end in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament at the hands of eventual-champion McNeese State. In the quarterfinal win over Sam Houston State, senior Ashleigh Franklin set a tournament record with 15 free throws en route to a career-high 33 points. She was named to the all-tournament team and earned third-team All-Southland honors, while fellow senior Amber Gregg was named to the second team.

Women’s Golf

A 16th place finish in the NCAA West Regional in Auburn, Wash., wrapped up the most successful season in program history. Led by Southland Conference Coach of the Year Carrie Parnaby, the Roadrunners won their first league title in April and placed a record four players on the all-conference squads. Sophomore Paola Valerio, the Southland Player of the Year, and Fabiola Arriaga, who earned Freshman of the Year honors, helped UTSA notch a record six top-five finishes this year.

Men’s Track & Field

The Roadrunners won their sixth consecutive Southland Conference Indoor Championship in February, matching Lamar’s 26-year-old record established from 1980–85. Led by league Coach of the Year Aaron Fox, the Roadrunners tied their conference record with six individual titles—sophomore Keith Benford (high jump), senior Devon Bond (triple jump), junior Albert Cardenas (mile), sophomore Richard Garrett Jr. (shot put), sophomore Taylor Reed (pole vault) and sophomore Tyler Williamson (long jump)—en route to 153 points, which was the second-highest total in the meet’s 32–year history (Lamar scored 164 in 1983).

Fox not only extended his conference-record run with his sixth consecutive Coach of the Year trophy, but in March he also was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s South Central Region Coach of the Year for the second time in four years. UTSA’s other postseason award winner was sophomore Richard Garrett Jr. The Garland native was tabbed the circuit’s Outstanding Track Performer and was the lone Roadrunner to advance to the NCAA Indoor Championships, where he earned second-team All-America honors after placing 15th in the shot.

AIMEE JONAS, photo by Jeff Huehn

Women’s Track & Field

Senior Aimee Jonas won UTSA’s seventh Southland Conference pentathlon championship at the Southland Indoor meet in February. The La Vernia native scored a career–best 3,425 points for the Roadrunners’ first pentathlon title since 2007.

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