Championship Central | Day 2 Results
By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
GULF SHORES, Ala. - Another strong day at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships came to a close in fitting style for UT Arlington, as standout Emil Blomberg captured another league title.
Blomberg, the track athlete of the meet during the indoor season, ran a 9:00.74 steeplechase to claim his first title at the 2015 outdoor championships. His clocking in the 3000-meter event established a new meet record. Eric Ojeda also scored in the steeplechase thanks to a sixth-place effort (9:23.53).
A pair of Mavericks helped the team's cause in the decathlon. Christian Schiemann finished third in the 10-event contest with 6,721 points, while Brandon Blanchard placed fifth (6,608). Both men held onto their overnight positions to give UTA a total of 10 points.
UTA's other men's points on Saturday came courtesy of field event participants. Quentin Butler placed fifth in the long jump at 24 feet, 3 3/4 inches, joining Roland Sales, who also scored in the event after landing in eighth (23 feet, 6 3/4 inches). Meanwhile, Heath Skelton snagged fifth in the shot put (52 feet, 8 1/4 inches).
On the women's side, Chineme Obikidu took seventh in the long jump (18 feet, 6 1/2 inches) to score two points.
Heading into the Sunday finale, the men's team is third with 49 points through seven scored events, which is just six points behind co-leaders South Alabama and Arkansas State. The women are listed ninth (17 points) through nine events.
"I'm excited about tomorrow," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "We have a lot of opportunities to score tomorrow, but we will have to compete like we are capable of."
UTA also qualified a number of individuals for tomorrow's finals. Half of the eight-man final in the men's 200m tomorrow will be Mavericks, as Butler (20.95), Clayton Vaughn (20.95), Tarik Crear (21.04) and Cameron Newson (21.19) all ran well.
A pair of Mavs also moved on in the 100m as Vaughn took second (10.23) and Butler grabbed third (10.37) in the preliminaries.
A trio of UTA women will compete in the 800m final. Tamerah Gorham won the prelims with a time of 2:08.63, while Ashly Wright was third in 2:11.80. Latricia Brooks crossed the line in sixth (2:12.10).
In addition, top seed Taylor Davis placed first in the prelims of the women's 400m with a time of 54.46. Shaniece Prevot will be seeded fourth in the women's 400m hurdles final after running a 1:01.93 Saturday night.
Other men's qualifiers include Philip Critelli in the 800m (4th, 1:51.44), Victor Fincher in the 110m hurdles (7th, 14.62), Sheldon Moss in the 400m (8th, 48.20) and Grayson Birka in the 800m (8th, 1:53.15).
The final day of the meet will kick off at 10 a.m. with field events. Running events begin at 5 p.m.
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