T&F: Antunovic shatters school record in shot put
Jan. 12, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Junior Bozidar Antunovic, competing in his first event as a UT Arlington Maverick, smashed the school record in the shot put to highlight the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational. Both UTA teams finished fourth at the season-opening meet.
Antunovic, a two-time All-American at the University of Arizona, obliterated the school record by better than four feet with a toss of 64-04.5 (19.62m). The winning mark also was an indoor personal best by more than two feet. The previous school standard of 60-1 by Peter Dajia was set in 1986.
"So far, so good," Antunovic said. "I'm satisfied for my first meet, but I know there is room for improvement. With everything I've been working on, I feel like I can throw 65 feet."
The mark is the second-best in the nation in the early going of the 2013 indoor season.
Clayton Vaughn, a first-team All-American in the 60 meters last year, was runner up in the event with an impressive opening-meet time of 6.67. He owns the school record (6.61) set last year at the NCAA Championships.
Brandon Walleralso had a strong showing for the men. He placed third in both the triple jump (46-05.50) and long jump (23-00).
Sydney Hampton was a star for the women. She placed third in the mile with a time of 5:02.35 and then helped anchor the second-place distance medley relay team. Katelyn Hayward, Courtney Mose, Jade Vaughanand Hampton teamed up for a time of 12:06.88.
Ashly Wrighthad the best individual finish for the UTA women, as she was the runner up in the 800 meters with a time of 2:18.03.
"It was a good opening meet for us for both the men and the women," head coach John Sauerhagesaid. "We're moving on to Oklahoma next week and will continue to move forward."
The men's team totaled 62 points to finish behind Texas A&M (111.5), Baylor (83) and Stephen F. Austin (67). The women netted 50 points to rank behind Texas A&M (145), Baylor (108) and Houston (57).