Men's track ranked 26th in preseason national poll

Clayton Vaughn took fifth in the 60 meters at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Jan. 9, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The UT Arlington men's indoor track and field team is listed 26th according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) preseason rankings. The rankings are a projection of the number of points a team will score at the NCAA Championships in March.

"It's obviously nice to receive some national recognition in the preseason," head coach John Sauerhage said. "But what really matters is our performance on the track during the year. We are very optimistic about our team, and are excited to get started this weekend."

The Mavericks are the third-highest rated team in the state, behind only No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Texas A&M. In addition, the lone non-BCS school ahead of UTA is 21st-ranked Northern Arizona.

The Mavericks boast three All-Americans: senior Romain Martin (heptathlon), junior Clayton Vaughn (60m) and junior transfer Bozidar Antunovic (shot put). In addition, senior pole vaulter Jeff Rodriguez ranks among the nation's elite in his event.

UTA finished the 2012 indoor season in a tie for 26th following the NCAA Championships. The team scored a total of eight points with fifth-place efforts from Martin and Vaughn earning four points apiece.

UTA begins its season Saturday at Texas A&M. The NCAA Championships are March 7-10 in Fayetteville, Ark.




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