Interviews

A category which collects all of our NIL interviews with UTSA student-athletes.

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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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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Now Hiring! Will YOU be our next Director of Business and Community Outreach?

One of the key characteristics of The Runners Rising Project is the staff is 100% comprised of volunteers.  We do this to make sure that our monetary contributions go directly to supporting UTSA Student Athletes.  As we ourselves are donating our time to The Project, we have to weigh that with things that are going on in other aspects of our lives.  Today, we’ve reached one of those moments.  Caleb Hopkins, who is doing some phenomenal work in his day job, is stepping down as our Director of Operations for Business and Community Outreach.  He’s still involved with Runners Rising, …

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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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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: https://twitter.com/THaynes__ 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: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17924565767329018/ 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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