ARLINGTON, Texas -- People have certainly taken notice of the UTA men's and women's track programs over the last several decades. With 31 conference championships since John Sauerhage took over as head coach in 1995, it's no wonder why.
Last week, the men's track program was featured on ESPN3 during a halftime segment during the UTA men's basketball game. The subject was the team's Sun Belt Conference "triple crown" championship during the 2016-17 season.
"It's always nice when people take notice of your program," Sauerhage said. "We have so many men and women accomplishing tremendous things not only on the track, but in the classroom, on campus and in the community."
On the track and in the field, the Mavericks have several athletes who currently rank among the top 100 nationally in their respective events during the 2018 indoor season.
Alexus Henry undoubtedly leads the way. The junior cleared 6-1 ¼ on Friday to break her own school record and win her second straight Sun Belt Conference Women's Field Athlete of the Week honor. The nation's top 16 individuals will qualify for next month's NCAA Indoor Championships, meaning Henry, who is ranked third, is in a strong position to make her first NCAA finals appearance since the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The second-highest ranked Maverick nationally is also a member of the women's team. Chineme Obikudu is 60th in the triple jump courtesy of a season-best effort of 40-5 ½, which falls just outside the school's all-time top-five.
For the men, Erik Martinsson has enjoyed an outstanding season. He is among the top 100 in a pair of individual events, ranking 86th in the 400 meters (47.84) and 90th in the 800m (1:51.46). In addition, he is part of a Mavericks' 4x400m relay team, along with David Seastrunk, Brenden Wallace and D'Undre Mitchell, that is currently listed 41st in the nation with a time of 3:10.21.
Seastrunk also is among the NCAA's best in the 400m (47.91), ranking 91st. Meanwhile, Emeka Nwangwu sits 90th nationally in the 60m hurdles (8.07).
This weekend, the Mavericks will compete in their final meet prior to the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships. UTA will join Abilene Christian, Air Force, Arizona, Arizona State, Harvard, Kansas State, TCU, Texas Tech and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the Texas Tech Shootout in Lubbock Friday and Saturday.
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