T&F: Men in second heading into final day at SBC Championships

Emil Blomberg is the SBC champion in the 3000m steeplechase.

May 10, 2014

SAN MARCOS, Texas – The UT Arlington men’s track and field team remained in the hunt for its 2013-14 season triple crown, finishing the second day of the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships in striking position in second place. Meanwhile, the women are in seventh heading into the final day of the event.

The men have 50 points through seven scored events to sit just five behind South Alabama (55). The women have netted 22.5 points in nine events.

Emil Blomberg continued his SBC dominance by winning the 3000m steeplechase on Saturday with a time of 9:22.81. During the indoor season, he was the conference champion in two distance events and placed second in his other race.

The steeplechase proved to be a big event for the Mavericks, as the team totaled 19 points. In addition to Blomberg’s win, Aaron Purser finished fourth (9:31.84) and Eric Ojeda took fifth (9:33.42).

In the decathlon, Brandon Blanchard (5th, 6,812 points) and John Frnka (6th, 6,501) combined to score seven team points. Blanchard's point total was a personal best and ranks as the fifth-best decathlon score in school history.

In addition, Brandon Waller took fifth in the men's long jump (25-01.75) to grab four points for the Mavericks.

Highlighting the women’s day was Katelyn Hayward, who was the runner up in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:36.84. She was nipped at the line by just .30 seconds.



Shae Johnson was UTA’s other point scorer for the women on day two. She had a strong fifth-place showing in the heptathlon with a personal-best 4,796-point effort. It ranks as the fifth-highest total in school history.

The remainder of the track events on day two were preliminaries. Clayton Vaughn won the prelims of the 100 meters with a time of 10.08 and took third in the 200m prelims (20.94). Quentin Butler also qualified for the finals in both events by finishing third in the 100m (10.31) and eighth in the 200m (21.08).

For the women, DeAndrea Smith will compete in the finals of both the 200m and the 400m. She finished second in the 400m (54.84) and seventh in the 200m (23.96). In all, UTA advanced three women in the 400 meters, as Breonna Baldwin (6th, 55.93) and Y’Vonne Kanayo (7th, 56.23) also advanced.

The 800 meters proved to be a strong event for both squads. The women had three of the top five finishers in that event, as Ashly Wright took second (2:09.11), Tamerah Gorham placed third (2:10.94) and Hannah Nilsson snagged fifth (2:11.82). For the men, Philip Critelli placed fourth (1:53.57) and Anthony Hilliman took seventh (1:54.05).

Two other men will be competing in individual races on the track on Sunday. Renan Palma earned the top seed in the 110m hurdles with a season-best clocking of 14.05, while Styron Williams placed eighth in the 400m (47.62) to take the last qualifying spot in that race. 

On the women’s side, DeOna Stafford reached the finals of the 100m hurdles by finishing third (13.71). Meanwhile, Kailey Bostic will run in the 100m finals (8th, 11.78) and Ashley Burris in the 400m hurdles (6th, 1:02.16).


Women's Team Scores

1. Western Kentucky 81

2. South Alabama 63.5

3. UL-Lafayette 46

4. Texas State 44

5. Arkansas State 37

6. Georgia State 35

7. UT Arlington 22.5

8. UL-Monroe 13

9. Troy 5

10. Arkansas-Little Rock 4


Men's Team Scores

1. South Alabama 55

2. UT Arlington 50

3. Arkansas State 34

4. UL-Lafayette 33

5. Western Kentucky 30

6. Texas State 27

7. UL-Monroe 19

8. Troy 13

9. Arkansas-Little Rock 12


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