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T&F: Martin takes runner-up honors at Texas Relays

Sydney Hampton placed third in the 1500 meters at the Texas Relays.

 
Sydney Hampton placed third in the 1500 meters at the Texas Relays.
 

March 28, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas - UT Arlington's men's and women's track and field athletes enjoyed an especially strong Thursday at the 86th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The top finish came courtesy of Romain Martin, who was the runner up in the decathlon for the second straight season.

Martin finished with 7,904 points, just 73 behind his school-record mark set last year in Austin and 107 out of the top spot. His day-two highlight was a victory in the 110-meter hurdles (14.37), during which he set a personal record. In addition, the senior finished second in the javelin (202-09), sixth in the pole vault (16-00.75), seventh in the 1500m (4:42.31) and seventh in the discus (133-10).

The UTA women showed their strength in distance, as the Mavericks had a pair of top-5 finishes in the 1500 meters. Sydney Hampton snagged third place with a time of 4:32.84, while Hannah Nilsson was on her teammate's shoulder and finished one spot behind (4:33.98).

Emil Blomberg had a tremendous run in the 3000-meter steeplechase. His time of 8:58.84 ranked as the second-fastest clocking in school history. Blomberg finished sixth in a race that saw the meet record broken.

UTA's freshmen also performed well in the 5000 meters. Craig Lautenslager placed sixth in 14:45.82, while Virgilio Martinez took eighth in 14:48.44.

Other UTA female competitors included: Ashley Burris (1:01.57) and Jade Vaughan (1:03.46) in the women's 400m hurdles. Burris' time was good for 23rd place.

John Frnka, who competed alongside Martin in the decathlon, finished with 5,884 points to place 19th. In addition, Jonathan Todd ran the men's 400m hurdles (59.95).

 

 

The Texas Relays continue Friday on the track and in the field. Live results are available at www.TexasSports.com.

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