T&F: Men finish second, women fifth at WAC Championships
Feb. 23, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The UT Arlington men's indoor track and field team placed second and the women took fifth at the Western Athletic Conference Championships. The men scored 137 points to fall just 22 shy of the title, while the women garnered 92.5 points.
Clayton Vaughn was the star for the Mavericks, as he completed an impressive double by sweeping both the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes. He claimed the 60m by tying a season-best time (6.63), then shattered his personal record with a 20.83 in the 200m. It was the second-fastest time in school history. With 20 points, he shared High Point honors at the meet.
On the women's side, Katelyn Hayward won a conference title in the women's mile with a season-best time of 4:55.48. That run also ranked as the third-fastest in school history. The freshman continued her big day with a fourth-place showing in the 3000m (10:09.48). For her efforts, she earned Freshman of the Year honors from the WAC.
Romain Martin, who won the heptathlon in record-breaking fashion on Friday, scored points in two individual events on Saturday. Martin placed fifth in the high jump by clearing a season-best 6-08 and took fifth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.19).
A trio of women entered the school's record book on Saturday. DeAndrea Smith (54.59) smashed the school standard in the 400 meters by nearly a full second en route to third place. She also placed in the 200m (6th, 24.37).
Shannon Reynolds was the runner up in both of her events, the 60m (7.45) and the 200m (23.73). Her time in the 200m obliterated the old record of 24.26.
In the triple jump, a trio of Maverick women had top-eight finishes. With a personal best and the fifth-best jump in UTA annals, Jennifer Brown grabbed fourth (39-08.75). Teammates Shae Johnson placed fifth (39-00.25) and Morgan Domingue finished eighth (38-06.75).
UTA's middle-distance and distance runners also were strong. Emil Blomberg secured bronze in the mile (4:20.63), while Anthony Hilliman was fifth (4:20.93). In the 800m, Philip Critelli (1:53.60) finished fourth and Hilliman (1:54.46) fifth. Two Mavs also scored points in the 3000m with Cody Widener netting sixth (8:53.48) alongside seventh-place finisher Virgilio Martinez (8:53.77).
Roland Sales notched a third-place finish in the high jump with a mark of 6-10.25, the best by a Maverick this year. The height missed an UTA all-time top-5 mark by just .75.
UTA's remaining points came from Quentin Butler, who landed in sixth in the 60m with a season-best clocking of 6.80.