By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The UT Arlington men's outdoor track and field team has jumped up six spots to 34th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) rankings released this week.
The Mavericks are the fifth-highest rated school not affiliated with a "Power 5 Conference," behind only No. 14 BYU, No. 23 Akron, No. 29 Tulsa and No. 30 Kent State. UTA is the highest-rated school that does not sponsor football and remains the top-ranked team in the Sun Belt Conference.
The USTFCCCA's computer rankings are calculated based on the number of points a team could be expected to score at next month's NCAA Championships based on past results. The Mavericks currently feature a number of student-athletes in the top 50 nationally in their respective events.
Quentin Butler leads the way, ranking among NCAA leaders in a pair of individual events. He currently stands No. 13 in the 100 meters (10.17) and 48th in the 200 meters (20.91). Butler also is part of the 4x100m relay squad that is seeded 24th nationally (40.08).
Clayton Vaughn, another member of the 4x100 relay team, is seventh nationally in the 100 meters after running a 10.12 on Saturday. The highest-ranked UTA runner is Emil Blomberg, who is fifth in the steeplechase (8:36.98).
Two field athletes also figure into the mix. In the high jump, Roland Sales is 23rd(2.15m), while Tobi Fawehinmi is 45th in the triple jump (15.42m). Meanwhile, Christian Schiemann's 7,058 points in the decathlon also rank 45th.
UTA's men's and women's teams will be in action Friday through Sunday at the Sun Belt Conference Championship in Gulf Shores, Ala.
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