T&F: Three Mavs among top 8 heading into NCAA Indoor Championships
March 6, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - Heading into this weekend's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, the UT Arlington men feature three athletes- Romain Martin, Clayton Vaughnand Bozidar Antunovic -ranked among the nation's top eight for the first time in school history.
"We are really looking forward to this weekend," head coach John Sauerhagesaid. "They each have accomplished a lot this year and are tremendous representatives of UTA. It's time to let each of them do their thing and keep our fingers crossed."
Martin is listed eighth in the heptathlon based on his season-best score of 5,756 from the Bill Bergan Invitational. A two-time All-American, he finished fifth last year at the NCAA meet. That followed a third-place showing in 2011 during which he set a school and personal record with 5,897 points. Washington's Jeremy Taiwo posted the country's top mark this year (6,156).
Vaughn, a returning All-American, enters the Indoor Championships ranked seventh in the 60 meters. His season-best time of 6.63 is just .02 off his personal-best time (6.61), set last year in a fourth-place finish at the NCAA finals. The nation's top time is 6.54 by Florida State's Marvin Bracy.
Antunovic, whose throw of 65-08.25 at the Western Athletic Conference Championships smashed his own school record, ranks fourth in the nation in the shot put. The transfer from Arizona is seeking his first indoor All-America accolades. The year's longest heave is owned Arizona State's Jordan Clarke (67-06.75).
By virtue of its projected point total courtesy of the three men, UTA is currently ranked 22nd nationally in the USTFCCCA computer rankings. The team finished 26th last year with eight total points from Vaughn and Martin.
Live video of the championships, which are being held at the University of Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center, will be available on ArkansasRazorbacks.com from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. ESPN3 will have live coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. Live scoring throughout the event will be available here.
The heptathlon will begin at 10 a.m. Friday with four events on a rolling schedule, while the final three events will kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday. In the 60m, the semifinals are slated for 7:05 p.m. Friday and the finals for 7:10 Saturday night. The shot put will be contested at 3:15 p.m. Friday.