UT Arlington senior standout Clayton Vaughn owns the NCAA's top 60m time.
Junior runs a 21.31 for fifth-fastest time in school history
Maverick posts a season-best time of 6.63 in semifinals
The 2015 season was a banner one for UTA sprinters. Recent graduate Clayton Vaughn smashed his own school record in the 100 meters with a 9.93 to win the Sun Belt Conference title. His time ranks among the 10 fastest times in NCAA history and ranked 13th in the world in 2015.
Quentin Butler also cracked the 10-second barrier with a 9.99 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, the second-fastest clocking in school history. Both Vaughn, who was an All-American after placing eighth, and Butler, who was ninth, reached the NCAA Championships in the 100 meters. The only schools with two athletes competing in the 100 meters in Eugene, Ore., were UT Arlington and LSU.
With Hawkins Alexander's assistance, Vaughn earned a total of six All-America plaques. He grabbed NCAA Indoor All-America honors in the 60m twice (2012, 2013). In addition, during the 2014 season, he recorded the nation's fastest regular-season time in the 60 meters (6.55), obliterating his own school record by .06.
After returning from injury that kept him out of the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships, Vaughn became a 2014 Outdoor All-American in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. In doing so, he became the first Maverick ever named All-American three times at a single NCAA Championship. Among his other highlights, Vaughn won both the 60m and 200m at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships. His teammates on the school record-setting 4x100 team (39.55) were Butler, Cameron Newson and Christian Clark.
Hawkins Alexander has also steered the women's sprinters, who have enjoyed their share of honors as well. Headlining the list is Shannon Reynolds, who won both the 100m and 200m at the 2013 WAC Outdoor Championships en route to High Point Scorer honors at the league meet. In 2015, Taylor Davis broke the school record in the outdoor 400 meters and earned a trip to the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
As a team, she helped the 2014 UTA men win the program's first-ever triple crown, as the squad achieved conference titles in indoor and outdoor track as well as cross country.
In 2011, just her second as a full-time staff member, Hawkins Alexander helped lead four athletes - Cordero Gray, Vaughn, Juan Lewis and Andrew Pettis - to Second-Team All-America honors. Gray and Vaughn both made the list in the 100 meters as well as in the 4x100-meter relay team, while Pettis and Lewis earned their spots through the 4x100 relay.
Hawkins Alexander also mentored Gray, a former school record holder in the 100m (10.12) and a four-time Southland Conference individual champion - the 60m and 200m during the indoor season and the 100m and 200m during the outdoor season. He also earned Indoor Outstanding Track Athlete and Outdoor Athlete of the Year accolades, and finished as the Southland Conference Championships High Point Scorer at both meets.
Also in 2011, freshman Pamela Vinson won the 60m and 200m during the indoor season, earning Southland Conference Athlete of the Year honors and High Point Scorer. In all, Hawkins Alexander tutored athletes who corraled seven individual Southland Conference championships in 2011 - Gray in four events, Vinson in two events and Lewis in the 400m in the indoor season. In addition, she guided three athletes - Reynolds in the indoor 100m, DeAndrea Smith in the outdoor 400m and Juan Lewis in the indoor 200m - to runner-up finishes.
In 2010, the Mavericks' sprints coach helped All-Americans Gray and Jasmine Walls reach the NCAA Championships, and had nine sprinters make appearances in the NCAA Preliminaries. In addition, Reynolds earned Southland Conference Freshman of the Year honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Hawkins Alexander became a full-time member of the coaching staff prior to the start of the 2010 season after serving as a graduate assistant at UT Arlington during 2008-09.
A three-time All-American at Arizona State, Hawkins Alexander, formerly known as Jordan Durham, was a member of three Sun Devils' national championship teams -- 2007 and 2008 NCAA Indoor and 2007 NCAA Outdoor.
Hawkins Alexander helped lead ASU's 4x400m relay to a third-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships and a fifth-place finish at the 2008 outdoor meet. In 2007, she earned All-America honors in the 4x400m relay, as the team ran 3:35.96 and placed eighth at the NCAA Championships.
She transferred to ASU in 2006 after spending her freshman season at TCU.
A 2004 graduate of Kennedale High School in Kennedale, Texas, Hawkins Alexander was selected as the team's MVP all four years of competition. She helped lead the track team to a state title as a senior. She also was also a two-time all-district volleyball selection and captained both teams as a senior.
A native of San Angelo, Texas, she graduated from Arizona State with a degree in psychology and sociology. She and her husband, Randy Hawkins, were married in July 2013.
Her mother, Jacki Mays Earl, is a member of the Hall of Honor at Angelo State University. A track standout, she won the 200-meter dash at the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women's National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1982 and remains the school record holder in the 100m and 200m.