Feb. 10, 2016
ARLINGTON, Texas – After a record-setting performance on Saturday, UT Arlington senior Roland Sales earned the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Field Student-Athlete of the Week accolades, the league office announced Wednesday.
Sales smashed the school record and posted a top-5 national mark in the high jump against a strong field at Texas A&M’s Charlie Thomas Invitational. The native of Grand Prairie, Texas, cleared 7 feet 2½ inches to cruise to victory in the event.
“We are so proud of Roland,” UTA coach John Sauerhage said. “He’s a great kid who has worked so hard to accomplish everything he has done. The sky is literally the limit for Roland, and we can’t wait to see what else is in store for him the rest of the indoor and outdoor seasons.”
It is the highest jump in the Sun Belt by 1½ inches this year and also topped the school record, which he had shared with Marcus Swiat, by the same amount. The mark, which equates to 2.20 meters, is good for a share of fourth place nationally. It is the highest clearance (indoor or outdoor) in UTA history.
Sales competed in the high jump at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, where he placed among the top 20. He ranks second on the school’s all-time outdoor list (7 feet, ¼ inch).
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