By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington senior Roland Sales has officially qualified for the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in the high jump, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced.
Sales ranks tied for sixth nationally in the event based on his season-best and school-record clearance of 7 feet, 2 ½ inches (2.20m) achieved in early February. Only the top 16 individuals nationally will participate in the high jump.
“Making it to the NCAA Indoor Championships is extremely difficult because the field sizes in each event are much smaller compared to the outdoor meet,” UTA coach John Sauerhage said. “The fact that Roland was able to qualify is a testament to his improvement and his consistency.”
The meet will be held March 11-12 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. Sales cleared 7 feet, 2 ¼ inches (2.19m) at that same site last week as he defended his Sun Belt Conference individual title. The high jump portion of the NCAA meet will be contested Friday, March 11, beginning at 7:55 p.m. (CT).
This is the first appearance at the indoor championship meet for Sales, who placed tied for 17th last year at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
“Coach (Brandon) Berger has done a great job working with him,” Sauerhage said. “Roland has progressed every year, and we are extremely proud of everything he has accomplished. We can’t wait to see him compete in 10 days.”
He will be the first Maverick to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships since 2013, when Bozidar Antunovic (shot put), Romain Martin (heptathlon) and Clayton Vaughn (60m) all participated. Vaughn qualified in the 60 meters in 2014, but was unable to compete due to injury.
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