T&F: Martin claims another conference title in decathlon

John Frnka placed seventh in the decathlon at the WAC Championships.

May 9, 2013

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ARLINGTON, Texas - Romain Martin cruised to his third consecutive outdoor conference decathlon championship, this time taking top honors in the Western Athletic Conference, Thursday at Maverick Stadium. The final day of the multi-events was hampered by a five-hour weather delay that began at 11:15 a.m.

Martin kicked off the morning with a first-place showing in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.49. He later won the pole vault with a clearance of 15-08.50 and took second in the discus (130-08). After grabbing third in the javelin (184-07) the senior had an insurmountable total of 6,986 points and was able to drop out of the final event, the 1500 meters.

"I was pretty satisfied with my performance today," Martin said. "It was hard to get warmed up after the rain delay and by the end, I was ready to be done and win."

Brandon Blanchard placed third on the medal stand with 6,781 points, a personal best by 280 points. Among his Thursday highlights, Blanchard took third in the 110m hurdles (15.64), third in the pole vault (14-04.75) and fifth in the javelin (113-05).

UTA's final competitor, John Frnka, came in seventh with 6,126 points. Frnka came in third in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:34.27. As a group, the three Mavericks gave the team a total of 18 points.

"Romain did what we planned," coach Brandon Berger said. "He was able to take it pretty easy. There was very good competition and everybody competed hard. All-in-all it went well."

Danielle Delage placed fourth in the heptathlon with 5,059 points to score the first five points for the Mavs' women's squad. During Thursday's competition she took sixth in the 800 meters (2:24.72), seventh in the long jump (18-03.00) and ninth in the javelin (88-04).

UTA's other competitors in the heptathlon were Raquel Kilgore (10th, 4,375) and Shae Johnson (11th, 4,374).

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. Friday finals will include the men's and women's long jump, men's javelin, men's pole vault, men's shot put, women's discus, women's high jump, women's hammer throw, men's and women's steeplechase and men's and women's 10,000 meters. In addition, there will be a number of preliminaries run.

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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