T&F: Vaughn officially earns top seed in NCAA 60m
March 6, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – The NCAA Division I Men’s Track and Field Committee has announced that UT Arlington senior sprinter Clayton Vaughn has been officially accepted to compete in the 60-meter dash at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Vaughn, who owns the nation’s best time in the event (6.55 seconds), is the top seed. The 16 runners who qualified in the 60m are separated by just .08 seconds, from 6.55 to 6.63.
“Clayton will be ready, and we're excited for his opportunity,” coach John Sauerhage said. “He’s worked so hard and we are extremely proud to have him representing UT Arlington.”
His competition in the event includes: Prezel Hardy, Jr. (Texas A&M), Cameron Burrell (Houston), Aaron Brown (USC), Dentarius Locke (Florida State), Markesh Woodson (Missouri), Leshon Collins (Houston), Ryan Milus (Arizona State), Tevin Hester (Clemson), Diondre Batson (Alabama), Raymond Bozmans (TCU), Jalen Miller (Mississippi), Tatum Benard-Taylor (Arizona State), Antwan Wright (Florida), BeeJay Lee (USC) and Raheem Mostert (Purdue).
The 60m competition will feature two 8-person semifinal heats on day one of the championships and an 8-man final on the second day. The top two finishes in each of the two heats, as well as the next four fastest times, will reach the final.
Vaughn is looking to become just the fourth three-time indoor All-American in school history, joining Elston Cawley (1996-98 in 200m), Sansiski Daniels (1983-85 in 60y/55m hurdles) and Romain Martin (2011-13 in heptathlon). Vaughn placed fifth in the 60m in 2012 to earn first-team credentials and grabbed second-team honors as a junior after placing ninth.
Two UTA athletes have been national track champions, with the most recent coming in 1990 when McClinton Neal claimed the 400m hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. In addition, Gilbert Smith won the 1982 NCAA indoor title in the long jump.
The championships will be held March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M. ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 14 beginning at 6:55 p.m. (CT) and on March 15 starting at 6:50 p.m. (CT). A tape delay of the championship will air Saturday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU.