By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington senior Roland Sales has been named Second-Team All-America by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the organization announced today.
He is the first UTA athlete (male or female) to earn All-America honors in the high jump during either the indoor or outdoor season. In addition, the senior is the ninth men’s athlete in program history to become an All-American in any individual event.
The honor capped an outstanding indoor campaign for Sales, who shattered the UTA record in the high jump by clearing 7 feet, 2 1/2 inches (2.20m) in February. He also was the Sun Belt Conference champion in the event.
On Friday, Sales tied for 11th in the high jump at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships after clearing 6 feet, 11 3/4 inches (2.13m) on his second attempt. He was the first UTA athlete to participate at the indoor championships since the Mavericks had a trio of qualifiers in 2013.
It marked Sales’ first career appearance at the indoor meet, and was his best finish ever at an NCAA meet. He tied for 17th in his national debut at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
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