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Richard Garrett, Jr.
Conference USA Field Athlete of the Year

A team captain, All-American, and now Conference USA Field Athlete of the Year, Richard Garrett, Jr. has flourished for the Men’s Track & Field team at UTSA. Always a talented athlete, Richard was introduced to sports at a very young age, playing football and participating in track and field events. It was throwing, however, that became his focus. “Throwing was something my dad and I did together for many years. He taught me a lot,” he says. “It’s special to me.”

Finishing fourth in the shot put at the NCAA Championships, Richard broke his own UTSA record for the fifth time and became the first five-time All-American in school history. While much of his success comes from years of hard work, Richard does not shy away from crediting the program at UTSA, and the trust and support of the coaching staff. “We are a family here and the coaches really care about us,” he explains. “That’s what stood out to me during my first visit to UTSA, and it’s why I am happy to be here.”

A scholarship recipient, Richard is committed to achieving his goals both on and off the field. Majoring in criminal justice, he plans to fulfill his dream of becoming a detective. “If I didn’t have a scholarship, I might not be here. I’m grateful for this opportunity to throw for UTSA, while getting my degree in something that is meaningful to me and my family,” he says.

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