T&F: Vaughn dominates 60m dash in return to action
Jan. 25, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. - The men's and women's indoor track and field teams each placed third at Nebraska's Mark Colligan Memorial on Saturday in a meet that saw UT Arlington net numerous personal bests, conference top times and all-time top-five school marks.
Clayton Vaughn's return to collegiate meet action for the first time since suffering a leg injury last March 23 highlighted the day. The All-American cruised to victory in the 60 meters with time of 6.68, winning by .15. He also finished third in the 200m with a clocking of 21.53. Both of his times rank as the best in the Sun Belt Conference this season.
"We are so glad to get Clayton going and get this meet under his belt," head coach John Sauerhage said. "We have a lot of work ahead of us, but many of our new athletes ran better today, so that's encouraging."
Quentin Butler also had a strong meet, securing a pair of third-place finishes in his two events. He was clocked at 6.83 in the 60 meters and had a long jump mark of 23 feet, 2 inches.
Ryan Tilotta also had two bronze-medal finishes, coming in third in both the mile (4:11.78) and the 3000m (8:31.36). His mile time ranks as the fifth-fastest run in school annals. He now has posted top-five school marks in the mile and 3000m in two meets this winter.
Anthony Hilliman had a strong day as well to round out the men's top performers. He came in third in the 800m (1:54.60) and had a fourth-place landing in the mile (4:12.60).
On the women's side, Ashly Wright claimed her second victory in as many meets in the 800 meters. She collected a time of 2:12.24 to pick up a narrow win.
UTA had an impressive 1-2-3 finish in the mile run. Sydney Hampton won the event by nearly six seconds with a time of 5:01.70, and was followed across the finish line by Hannah Nilsson (5:07.53) and Gabriela Alfonzo (5:09.43).
Porschea Wilson was the runner up in the 60m hurdles with a personal-best time of 8.63. Her time was also just .01 off the school record.
In addition, Shae Johnson's time in the 400m (57.56) ranks as the best in the league this year. She placed fourth in the race. Tamerah Gorham continued her impressive freshman season by taling third in the 800m in 2:16.65.
The men finished third among four teams with 116 points, while the women totaled 102 points in their third-place showing. Nebraska was the team champion for both sides.
UTA will return to action next Saturday at the Varsity Apartments Invitational in Wichita, Kan.
WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES 1. Nebraska 196 2. Wichita State 139 3. UT Arlington 102 4. Oral Roberts 61
MEN'S TEAM SCORES 1. Nebraska 212 2. Wichita State 141 3. UT Arlington 116 4. Oral Roberts 32