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.

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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A Conversation with Terrell Haynes of UTSA Football

UTSA Football player Terrell Haynes joined Runners Rising’s Eddie Benningfield for a great interview. Terrell is a 6’3″ senior offensive lineman from Arlington, Texas. He played high school football at Arlington Seguin before attending UTSA. He’s a Kinesiology major and played a major role in helping the Roadrunners win their first ever Conference USA title this past season. Topics discussed: Terrell’s dad Spring football Transition from basketball to football Jeff Traylor hire Birthday gifts Terrell’s nickname and more…. Be sure to follow Terrell on twitter: Special thanks to Terrell for sitting down with the Runners Rising project. If you …

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Lexi Bolton & Jonathan Tapia Instagram takeovers

The first two official Runners Rising athletes Lexi Bolton and Jonatha Tapia took over our Instagram account this last weekend. Lexi started the weekend off Friday with a typical day as a soccer student athlete mixed in with a special Fiesta “Dia en la Sombrilla” sneak peak. Alumni will remember this Fiesta event previously named “Fiesta UTSA”. Lexi even took some questions from Runners Rising followers before ending the night supporting her fellow Runners Rising official athlete, Jonathan Tapia, and the baseball team as they took on Charlotte. Click the following link to see Lexi’s takeover: Jonathan Tapia finished …

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A Conversation with Lexi Bolton of UTSA Soccer

UTSA Soccer player Lexi Bolton sat down with the RRP executive director, Eddie Benningfield, and a few board members for an interview. Lexi, a senior forward from Palm Beach Garden, Forida, is a three-year starter on the womens soccer team. She’s a Business Management major, and her dedication to academic excellence has earned her recognition on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal three times.  Topics discussed: Spring break festivities Journey to UTSA Plans after graduation Bean and cheese tacos Traveling and many more…. Special thanks to Lexi for being such a great interview. Be sure to …

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Elyssa Coleman

Q&A with Elyssa Coleman of UTSA Basketball

Elyssa Coleman is a redshirt freshman from Houston, Texas. She transferred to UTSA after signing and attending UT Austin out of Atascocita high school. Coleman was ranked as the #12 forward in the 2020 high school class (ESPN). She had an impressive first year with UTSA. Her breakout game came in the CUSA tournament against UTEP with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Elyssa took some time out of her busy student athlete schedule to answer some questions for the Runners Rising Project. See the full Q&A below. If you enjoy this type of content and want to ask questions for …

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Jonathan Tapia

Twitter Q&A – Jonathan Tapia of UTSA Baseball

The Runners Rising Project is happy to have Jonathan as our very first official Runners Rising Athlete! Jonathan is a San Antonio native and attended O’Connor High School in Helotes. He choose to stay home and attend UTSA while majoring in Kinesiology. He batted .295 in 2021 with 24 RBIs as a member of the UTSA baseball team and also played in the Texas Collegiate League as a member of the Victoria Generals. Excelling both on and off the field, Jonathan has been named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of his four years at UTSA (2017-2021). …

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