T&F: Martin takes eighth in heptathlon at NCAA meet
March 9, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Senior Romain Martin became a three-time NCAA Indoor All-American in the heptathlon as he finished eighth at the national meet Saturday at the University of Arkansas. Martin, who began the day in ninth place, moved up one spot over the final three events.
Martin placed fourth with a time of 8.23 in the 60m hurdles, scoring 925 points. He cleared 4.80 meters in the pole vault for 849 points. Martin finished the event by posting a time of 2:44.14 in the 1000 meters to grab 828 points. His clocking in the 1000m was the fifth-fastest of the event.
Martin's eighth-place finish earned the team one point and gave the Mavericks a total of five points as a team. Bozidar Antunovic netted four points on Friday with his fifth-place showing in the shot put. Clayton Vaughn did not score after he missed reaching the final in the 60 meters by just .01.
"It would be inaccurate to say we're not mildly disappointed," head coach John Sauerhage said. "However, this is the NCAA Championships and we competed well. We are healthy and motivated for the outdoor season, and we are looking forward to great things from not only these guys, but from our entire men's and women's teams."
The Mavericks will begin the outdoor season next Saturday at the TCU Invitational. UTA will then host the Bobby Lane Invitational on Saturday, March 23.