March 8, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Junior Bozidar Antunovic's fifth-place showing in the shot put highlighted the opening day at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships for the UT Arlington men's indoor track and field team.
Antunovic's first throw, which traveled 63 feet, 5 inches, was his best of the afternoon and accounted for his fifth-place finish. He closed the first heat with the second-best toss before being eclipsed by three men in the finals.
With the effort, Antunovic became the first UTA men's thrower ever to place at an NCAA meet. In addition, he will earn his first-ever indoor All-America accolades after twice earning that distinction in outdoor competition.
In other action, senior Romain Martin sits in ninth place after the first four events in the heptathlon with 3,170 points. Martin's top finish came in the shot put (fourth, 46-04). He tied for seventh in the high jump, clearing 6-06.25.
His time in the 60m (7.14) was good for 12th place, while he finished 14th in the long jump (22-10.50). Martin, who has twice finished among the top five at the NCAA meet, figures to move up on the final day when he participates in the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1000 meters.
In the 60-meter dash, Clayton Vaughn narrowly missed advancing to the finals. His time of 6.66 seconds was just .01 off the eighth and final qualifying spot. Vaughn finished sixth in his heat, but ninth overall.
The NCAA Championships will conclude Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. Martin, the lone Maverick competing, will start his day at 11 a.m. with the 60m hurdles. Live video and results will be available on www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
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