Joe Rodriguez

Joe is a volunteer with the Runners Rising Project. Joe is a cyber security professional working in San Antonio and a proud UTSA alum.

A Conversation with Frankie Martinez of UTSA football

Frankie Martinez really needs no introduction. The UTSA football walk-on turned starting left tackle for UTSA this year, Frankie has quickly become a fan favorite. His ‘next man up’ mentality has allowed him to step into the starting lineup when the team really needed him this year after several injuries on the offensive line. Coach Traylor couldn’t say enough about Frankie and the contributions he’s made to the team in 2022. He’s done this all the while going to school, paying out of pocket for it, and working odd jobs to get by. Is there anything Frankie can’t do?!? In …

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A conversation with Mekaila Aupui of UTSA Volleyball

Mekaila Aupui is sophomore setter on the UTSA women’s volleyball team. Prior to UTSA Mekaila played at Klein Collins High school in Houston. She was also a member of the Houston Skyline club team. Mekaila started all four years at Klein Collins and won several awards from the GHVCA as well as several all-academic honors. At the club volleyball level, Mekaila owns the all-time record for the Houston Skyline with over 3,000 assists. As a freshman at UTSA, she played in 40 of 87 sets, had the second highest assists (185), averaged 4.62 per set, had 59 digs (1.48 per …

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Q&A with Kyra White of UTSA Basketball

Kyra White is Junior transfer from USC on the women’s basketball team. She’s a San Antonio native and played her high school basketball at Converse Judson. In high school she was a three-time all-state honoree and helped Judson win the 2019 6A state championship. While at Southern California Kyra played in 77 games and started 22 times. She scored 138 points, posted 131 rebounds, 49 steals, 127 assists, and 25 blocks. Kyra took some time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for the Runners Rising Project. See the full Q&A below. If you enjoy this type of …

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A conversation with Kelsey Carpenter of UTSA Volleyball

Kelsey is a Junior, 6’2″ outside hitter on the UTSA volleyball team. She came to UTSA from Midlothian, Texas, where she attended Midlothian Heritage High School. Kelsey has seen action in both her freshman and sophomore years and looks to play a larger role this season. Last season Kelsey had 57 kills and 12 blocks in 45 or 87 sets. Kelsey also takes care of business off the court, being named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll the last two years. Be sure to check out Kelsey and the Volleyball team this season! Topics discussed: Tournament volleyball Getting to …

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Brenden Brady Profile

Brenden Brady’s college journey: The comeback

Coming out of high-school I had been one of the better running backs in the state and was highly recruited. I had some success throughout my time at Steele HS and was fortunate enough to be selected to play in the 2018 Army All-American game. I stayed fairly healthy and hadn’t had much adversity when it came to life in general, let alone on the football field. I had my fair share of scholarships but ultimately decided it was best to stay home and help build a young UTSA football program up. Little did I know it would be a …

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A Conversation with Camryn Robillard of UTSA Softball

The Runners Rising Project recently interviewed Camryn Robillard. Camryn is a freshman infielder from Cedar Park, Texas where she attended Vista Ridge High School. She’s coming off a stellar year for UTSA softball earning a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman team. She batted .255 with 37 hits, 25 RBIs, 67 total bases, and 32 runs on 145 at bats. The sky is the limit for Camryn going into her sophomore year. UTSA fans should keep an eye on her the next few years at UTSA. Camryn sat down with the Runners Rising team to talk about her first year …

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A Conversation with Zah Frazier of UTSA Football

Zah sat down to talk with Runners Rising executive director Eddie Benningfield. Zah came to UTSA this summer from Coffeyville Community College (Kansas). Zah was a JUCO All-American and first-team all-conference cornerback for head coach Jeff Leiker. He was rated a four star prospect and the nation’s No. 3 overall JUCO recruit by Rivals. He’s UTSA’s highest rated recruit ever. Zah ranked 10th in the NJCAA with 11 pass breakups and totaled 26 tackles, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 2021. Zah is originally from Cedartown Georgia. Topics discussed: Taco salads Georgia Growing up with 2 sisters Favorite …

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A Conversation with Hannah Holzmann of UTSA Golf

Hannah Holzmann joined the Runners Rising Project for a quick chat. Holzmann is a San Antonio native and a soon to be UTSA graduate. Hannah is majoring in Sociology but has some other plans after UTSA. You’ll have to check out the interview for exactly what that is. Hannah is finishing up her senior year and currently with the women’s golf team in Tennessee playing at the NCAA regional tourney. UTSA was runner up in the Conference USA championship tournament a few weeks ago, a tournament in which Hannah finished tied for 24th place. Hannah and Eddie talked about several …

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UTSA Track & Field’s Mackenzie Grimes – Instagram takeover

Runners Rising’s first NIL deal with a UTSA Track & Field athlete took place last week when Mackenzie Grimes took over our Instagram account. Mackenzie provided a behind the scenes look at what it takes to be a UTSA track & field student athlete. Mackenzie took our followers to practice after starting the day off with a healthy breakfast. A quick refuel at the team lunch was followed up by ANOTHER practice (weight training) and some much needed recovery before finishing off the day at a local FCA event with other friends and athletes. You can check out the takeover …

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