May 31, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On the final night of the NCAA West Preliminary Round, UT Arlington junior Clayton Vaughn qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 200 meters and anchored the 4x100 relay squad that also earned the right to compete in Eugene, Ore., from June 11-14.
Vaughn qualified in the 200 meters with the seventh-fastest time at the meet (20.66). He was the runner up in his heat and now will be competing individually in both the 100m and 200m at the NCAA finals.
Earlier, the quartet of Christian Clark, Cameron Newson, Quentin Butler and Vaughn raced to a school-record time of 39.55. The crew finished third in its heat and posted the sixth-fastest time in the competition, despite entering the event seeded 13th.
UTA’s previous 4x100 relay record was set in 2000, when Andra Fifer, Zach Wood, Andre Horn and Elston Cawley were clocked at 39.58.
Emil Blomberg, who qualified in the steeplechase on Friday evening, will join the four sprinters at the meet in two weeks.
“We are very pleased with all of our efforts here in Fayetteville,” UTA coach John Sauerhage said. “We had some clutch performances and proved that we were up for the task. We are very proud of our guys and are looking forward to Eugene.”
Butler also competed in the 200 meters on Saturday night, finishing 20th with a time of 21.08. The Mavericks also had two-event qualifier Brandon Waller competing in the triple jump. Waller took 37th place with a mark of 14.62m (47-11.75).
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