T&F: UTA qualifies 13 athletes for NCAA West Preliminary Round

Quentin Butler will compete in three events at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.

May 16, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas - A total of 13 athletes, eight men and five women, will represent UT Arlington in a total of 17 events next week at the NCAA West Preliminary Round hosted by the University of Texas. Among that group, three individuals--Quentin Butler, Shannon Reynolds and Jennifer Brown--qualified in multiple events.

"We are very excited to see our athletes compete next week," UTA head coach John Sauerhage said. "We have a very strong group going to Austin and are eager to show how we stack up against the best."

Butler will be the busiest Maverick, as he earned a spot in three events¬-the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump. He enters the prelims ranked 10th in the 100m (10.24), 32nd in the 200m (20.99) and 42nd in the long jump (24-04.25).

The highest-ranked Mav is Bozidar Antunovic, who is listed seventh in the shot put. Antunovic, who competed in just two outdoor meets, still managed a season-best throw of 62 feet, 2 ¼ inches.

UTA is very well represented in the jumps. A pair of Mavericks, Omar Barnes (51-01.50) and Lionel Mungwari (49-03.00) will be competing in the triple jump. Barnes is the 22nd seed, while Munwari is ranked 46th. In addition, Brandon Waller qualified 36th in the long jump (24-05.75), while Roland Sales ranks 33rd in the high jump (6-11.50).

UTA's final two men competing are Emil Blomberg, who will run in the 3000m steeplechase (27th, 8:54.75), and Ivan Storic, who reached the prelims in the javelin (216-08).



On the women's side, Reynolds earned berths in the 100m (11.47) and the 200m (23.47). Both times are rated 26th in the West Region.

Brown gained entry in the triple jump (32nd, 41-01.50) as well as in the long jump (19-06.75). Her teammate Morgan Domingue also will participate in the long jump. She is ranked 28th (19-11.50).

UTA's other two runners who will compete in Austin are Ashly Wright in the 800m (30th, 2:07.33) and DeOna Stafford in the 100-meter hurdles (34th, 13.59).

Athletes who rank among the top 48 in their respective events earned berths into the NCAA West Preliminary Round, which will be held May 23-25 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. Athletes with the top 12 times/marks and the best 12 relay times at both the East and West prelims will then qualify for the NCAA Championships (June 5-8) in Eugene, Ore.

There is no decathlon competition at the NCAA prelims. The top 24 decathlon marks in the nation earn an automatic berth to the NCAAs. Among them is two-time All-American Romain Martin, who ranks sixth nationally with a total of 7,904 points.



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