Jan. 22, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington men's indoor track and field team has pushed its way into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) top 25. The men, ranked 26th in the preseason, moved up two spots to 24th based on the team's strong early-season individual performances.
Currently, four Mavs--Bozidar Antunovic (shot put), Romain Martin (heptathlon), Jeff Rodriguez (pole vault) and Clayton Vaughn (60m)--are projected to score points at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.
Antunovic, a junior transfer, currently has the nation's third-best effort in the shot put. In his debut as a Maverick, Antunovic established a personal best and a school record with toss of 64-04.5 at the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational.
Vaughn, a fellow junior, owns the sixth-fastest time in the 60 meters this year. His clocking of 6.67, which he has achieved at each of the team's first two meets, is just .06 off the top time in the nation this year.
Martin and Rodriguez have yet to compete in their respective events this season, but are rated based on last year's performances.
In addition to being rated nationally, the men are ranked ninth regionally. The women's squad is ranked 12th in the initial South Central Region rankings.
Ashly Wright is currently listed eighth in the region in the 800 meters, while the distance medley relay team is seeded fifth.
Both teams will continue their seasons this week at Iowa State's Bill Bergan Multi-Event (Thursday-Friday) and Invitational (Saturday).
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