By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - Clayton Vaughn has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association's Division I Male National Athlete of the Week, the USTFCCCA announced on Tuesday. Vaughn is the first-ever recipient from UT Arlington.
"This award puts an exclamation point on an outstanding performance at the conference meet," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "It's a really nice honor and he deserves this kind of recognition. However, I know that Clayton's eyes are on the NCAA Championships and we are excited to see him run again."
The senior sprinter ran one of the fastest wind-legal men's 100-meter dashes in NCAA history, getting off to a very quick start and torching the field at the Sun Belt Championships in 9.93 seconds.
Vaughn's is the fastest wind-legal time by a collegian this year, and is tied for the fourth fastest ever. In addition, it is the best time since Florida State's Ngoni Makusha ran 9.89 to win the 2011 NCAA championship.
Vaughn only trails Makusha and Ato Boldon on the all-time Division I list, and Makusha, Boldon and Azusa Pacific's Davidson Ezinwa on the collegiate list.
Just a week ago, the All-American set a season best at 10.12 seconds. With his 9.93, Vaughn shattered his own school record set last year (10.07), and also established a new Sun Belt Conference meet record, smashing the old mark of 10.12.
The product of Sulphur Springs, Texas, also ran a leg on the Sun Belt-winning 4×100 meter relay. The relay team's time (39.68) ranks 12th in the nation this year. Additionally, Vaughn finished third at conference in the 200 meters with a time of 20.74. That clocking ranks 28th in the nation.
Vaughn will next compete at the NCAA West Preliminary Round May 28-30 in Austin.
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