May 8, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington All-American Romain Martin owns a healthy lead in the decathlon after winning four of the five events on the opening day of the 2013 WAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Maverick Stadium.
Martin, who has 3,885 points to jump out to a 135-point lead, began the morning with a victory in the 100 meters with a personal-best clocking of 10.80. He followed that up with a leap of 22-11.75 (7.00m) on just one attempt in the long jump.
The senior tossed the winning shot put just over 46 feet (14.03m), and then won the high jump by clearing 6-06.75 (2.00m) in his lone attempt at a high height. He closed the day by cruising to a time of 54.19 in the 400 meters.
"My day went pretty well," Martin said. "I had a good start in the 100 and only needed one attempt in the long jump. I feel at home. Everyone's here cheering for me and there's no pressure."
Teammate Brandon Blanchard is in third place with 3,686 points. He set a personal best in the high jump by clearing 2.00 meters to match Martin's jump and highlight the day. Blanchard also had personal marks in the shot put (11.64m) and the 100 meters (11.00).
John Frnka is also in a position to score points for the Mavericks, despite battling multiple injuries. He is in eighth with 3,219 points.
The women are being led by Danielle Delage, who is in fourth place following four of the seven events in the heptathlon. With 3,163 points, she is just 30 points out of third place. She had personal records in the 100m hurdles (15.15) and the shot put (12.01m).
"It was a pretty good day, no complaints," coach Brandon Berger said. "We are pretty much where we need to be for what we're try to accomplish."
The decathlon (110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500m) and heptathlon (long jump, javelin and 800m) will finish up Thursday afternoon. The first event is set for 10 a.m. and admission is free.
Friday and Saturday will feature the running and field events. Single-day tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth under 18. Students at WAC universities are free with a current student ID.
On Friday, the first field event begins at 11 a.m., while the running events start at 4 p.m. Saturday's field competitions also kick off at 11 a.m., while the finals of the running events are slated to begin at 5 p.m.
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