By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- One week after moving up six spots in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) national rankings, the UT Arlington men's outdoor track and field team has leaped another seven spots to No. 27 in the country.
The Mavericks continue to be the fifth-highest rated school not affiliated with a "Power 5 Conference," behind only No. 14 BYU, No. 21 Tulsa, No. 25 Arkansas State and No. 26 Akron. UTA is the highest-rated school that does not sponsor football.
The USTFCCCA's computer rankings are calculated based on the number of points a team could be expected to score at next month's NCAA Championships based on past results. The Mavericks currently feature a number of student-athletes in the top 50 nationally in their respective events.
According to the Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS), Clayton Vaughn, the reigning USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, ranks third nationally in the 100 meters with a time of 9.93. Vaughn also is listed 28th in the 200m (20.74).
Also in the sprints, fellow senior Quentin Butler currently stands 15th in the 100 meters (10.17). Butler and Vaughn headline the 4x100m relay squad that is seeded 12th nationally (39.68).
Another UTA runner ranked among the nation's elite is Emil Blomberg, who is fifth in the steeplechase (8:36.98). In the field, Roland Sales is listed 26th in the high jump (2.15m), while Tobi Fawehinmi is 48th in the triple jump (15.42m). Christian Schiemann's 7,058 points in the decathlon rank 34th.
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