Feb. 12, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington men's indoor track team leaped up six spots into the top 20 in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) rankings. At No. 19, the team has achieved its highest ranking since the USTFCCCA started its system in the late 1990s.
The Mavericks, listed 25th last week, have now been ranked among the nation's top 25 four consecutive weeks. UTA is the highest-rated team not affiliated with a BCS conference. In addition, the lone in-state teams rated higher than UTA are Texas A&M (No. 4), Texas Tech (No. 6) and Texas (No. 9).
Currently, three Mavs--Bozidar Antunovic, Romain Martin and Clayton Vaughn--are projected to score points at the NCAA Indoor Championships next month. Nationally this year, Antunovic ranks fourth in the shot put (64-04.50), Martin owns the fifth-highest score in the heptathlon (5,756) and Vaughn is tied for the fifth-fastest time in the 60-meter dash (6.63).
"We are very focused on the WAC Championship coming up next week, but it's nice to see our team to be recognized in this way," head coach John Sauerhage said. "Now it's up to us to continue to prove it on the track."
The Mavericks will take part in the Oklahoma Sooner Invitational this Saturday in Norman, Okla. It is the final event for the Mavs prior to next week's Western Athletic Conference Championship.
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