July 10, 2012
By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - Jared Connaughton, a former sprinter for the Mavs men's track and field team, will represent his home country of Canada in the 2012 London Olympics. Connaughton joins Derrick Obasohan, UT Arlington men's basketball alum and member of the Nigerian men's national team, as ex-Mavericks participating in the Olympic Games later this month.
Connaughton ran at Bluefield High School in Charlottetown, Canada where he was named the under-17 200-meter national champion. He came to UT Arlington to compete in both men's indoor and outdoor track and field. In his 2004 indoor season, Connaughton finished 6th in the 200-meter at the Southland Conference (SLC) Indoor Championships with a time of 22.35. He had the 7th fastest time in this event for the SLC indoor season.
Connaughton earned SLC honors with a 3rd place finish in the 200-meter and a 2nd place finish in the 100-meter at the 2004 SLC Outdoor Championships. He clocked a 21.25 in the 200-meter at the NCAA Midwest Regional that year and also ran the second leg of the All Conference 4x400-meter relay team.
During both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2005, Connaughton's pace was slowed due to injuries. However, he still ran second leg of the 4x400-meter relay for a 5th place finish at the SLC Indoor Championships. At the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Regionals, Connaughton was the third leg of the 4x100-meter relay squad that posted a season best 40.25.
Connaughton won the 200-meter title at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships in 2006 with a time of 21.57 and was also named the SLC's Athlete of the Year and Outstanding Track Performer. He also earned All-SLC honors with a 2nd place finish in the 100-meter. In the 2006 outdoor season, Connaughton captured the SLC crown in the 100-meter and 200-meter and he was the anchor leg of the 2nd place finishing 4x100-meter relay team.
He also advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 200-meter and his time at this same event at the Bobby Lane/Arlington Invitational ranks 4th on the all-time list at UT Arlington.
Both during and after his time at UT Arlington, Connaughton continually competed for Canadian national titles. In the summer of 2005, he won gold medals at the Canada Summer Games in both the 100-meter and 200-meter. He captured a silver medal in the 200-meter at the Canadian Championship in the summer of 2006. Connaughton is the 2008 Canadian National Champion in the 200-meter sprint; in that same race he set a championship and personal best record with a time of 20.34. He competed for Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 200-meter and 4x100-meter relay. Connaughton placed 14th in the 200-meter semifinal competition and his squad placed 6th in the relay finals. In 2008 he won the Lieutenant Governor's Award as the overall Athlete of the Year in Canada and the Bill Halpenny Award for Excellence in International Competition.
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