T&F: Blomberg repeats as SBC Men's Outstanding Indoor Track Performer

Emil Blomberg was named the SBC Men's Indoor Most Outstanding Track Athlete for the second straight year.
March 4, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas - After winning a pair of events at the SBC Indoor Championships last week, UT Arlington's Emil Blomberg was named the Sun Belt Conference Men's Outstanding Indoor Track Performer for the second straight year. Blomberg is the first UTA male to be presented with that award in back-to-back years since Joseph Sainah (1989, 1990) accomplished the feat in the Southland Conference.

The native of Jarfalla, Sweden, raced to record-setting victories in both the mile and 800 meters. He finished with a mile time of 4:09.75, which was a record for the Sun Belt Championship meet. He set another SBC Championship record in the 800m (1:51.04), besting a mark that had stood since 1993.

"Emil took his competitive drive to another level," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "The mile, 800-meter double is the hardest to accomplish. He undoubtedly is deserving of this honor again."

Blomberg's 800m time also was the fifth-fastest clocking in UTA annals. He previously set the school's indoor mile record earlier this season. At the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Championships, Blomberg won both the mile and 3000 meters and was the runner up in the 5000 meters.

In addition, the league office has officially announced its all-conference performers, which are determined by top-three finishers at the league meet. Blomberg (800m, mile), Quentin Butler (60m, 200m) and Eric Ojeda (3000m, 5000m) were multi-event honorees.

Philip Critelli earned all-league accolades in the 800 meters, while in the field Roland Sales (high jump), Tobi Fawehinmi (triple jump) and Christian Schiemann (heptathlon) earned plaudits.

Five different women received all-conference individual honors: Tamerah Gorham (800m), Hannah Nilsson (mile), Ashly Wright (mile), Porschea Wilson (60m hurdles) and Noemie Forget (pole vault).

Both UTA women's relay teams (4x400, distance medley) earned all-SBC mention. The men's distance medley also was honored.





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