April 27, 2014
SAN MARCOS, Texas – UT Arlington moved another step in the right direction prior to the Sun Belt Conference Championships with strong performances from a number of Mavericks Saturday at the Bobcat Classic.
Clayton Vaughn enjoyed an outstanding meet for the Mavs. His winning time of 10.13 in the 100 meters was his second-fastest clocking of the season, just .06 off his school-record, wind-aided time of 10.06. He followed that performance with a runner-up showing in the 200m with a season-best time of 20.66. That mark is the fastest in the SBC by .30.
On the women’s side, Katelyn Hayward was an event winner, easily taking the crown in the 3000-meter steeplechase (10:50.12). In addition, the women’s 4x400 relay team crossed first in 3:42.97, the second-best time in the Sun Belt this year.
Including Vaughn’s second-place showing in the 200m, UTA had a total of seven runner-up finishes. For the women, league leader Noemie Forget continued to impress in the pole vault, clearing 3.81m. Meanwhile, Ashley Burris was the runner up in the 400m hurdles (1:01.10). Burris’ time is the best in the league in 2014.
A pair of men earned runner-up finishes in field events courtesy of Brandon Waller in the long jump (7.26m) and Roland Sales in the high jump (2.11m). Sales is now the solo leader in the SBC with that mark of 6-11.
Other top performers included: Tamerah Gorham in the 800 meters (third, 2:10.11), Shae Johnson in the triple jump (third, 12.17m), Quentin Butler in the 100m (fourth, 10.34) and DeOna Stafford in the 100m hurdles (fifth, 13.82). Gorhamn, Butler and Stafford all had season bests in their respective events.
UTA will take next week off from competition prior to contesting the Sun Belt Conference Championships from May 9-11 in San Marcos.
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