T&F: UTA qualifies 14 for NCAA West Preliminary Round
May 23, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – With the outdoor track and field regular season and conference championships completed, the field has officially been set for the NCAA West Preliminary Round, and will include 14 individual competitors and one relay squad from UT Arlington.
The top 48 individuals in each event and 24 fastest relay teams gained entrance into the meet, which will be held next Thursday through Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. There, the top 12 individuals in each competition and eight best relays will advance to the NCAA Championships June 11-15 in Eugene, Ore.
“We are looking forward to the NCAA first round,” UTA coach John Sauerhage said. “We will have our work cut out for us, but think we are up to task.”
Clayton Vaughn headlines the UTA contingent. Vaughn has qualified in both the 100 meters and 200 meters with top-5 times in each event. His 10.08 clocking in the 100m is second in the region, while his 200m time of 20.47 ranks fifth.
Teammate Quentin Butler also qualified in the same sprint events. He enters the preliminary round seeded 12th in the 100m (10.25) and 31st in the 200m (21.01).
Cameron Newson, who at 21.11 is ranked 42nd in the 200 meters, gives the Mavericks three athletes in the race. Newson, Butler and Vaughn also key the 4x100 relay team that ranks 12th in the West with a time of 39.80.
UTA’s final two-event participant is Brandon Waller, who has advanced in both the long jump, where he ranks 21st (7.66m), as well as the triple jump, where he is 33rd (15.14m).
Two other Mavs have chances to advance to the NCAA Championships in field events. Ivan Storic is listed among the top 10 (eighth) in the javelin with a season-best throw of 70.14m. In addition, Roland Sales is seeded 17th in the high jump (2.15m).
In addition to the eight men competing individually, six women also have qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Ashly Wright, who reached the NCAA Championships in the 800 meters last year, is the highest-rated UTA female. She is currently No. 24 in the 800m (2:07.28).
Shae Johnson headlines the three field event participants. She is seeded 32nd in the triple jump with a mark of 12.50m. Fellow jumper Morgan Domingue is 43rd in the long jump (5.98m), while pole vaulter Noemie Forget is 44th (3.97m).
Thursday Event Times
Women's Long Jump - 2 p.m. (Domingue)
Men's Javelin - 5:30 p.m. (Storic)
Men's 100m Prelims - 6:30 p.m. (Butler, Vaughn)
Men's Long Jump - 6:30 p.m. (Waller)
Women's Pole Vault - 6:30 p.m. (Forget)
Women's 800m Prelims - 8:35 p.m. (Wright)
Friday Event Times
Men's 110m Hurdles Prelims - 5 p.m. (Palma)
Women's Triple Jump - 5 p.m. (S. Johnson)
Men's High Jump - 5 p.m. (Sales)
Women's 100m Hurdles Prelims - 5:30 p.m. (Stafford)
Men's 200m Prelims - 8 p.m. (Butler, Newson, Vaughn)
Women's 200m Prelims - 8:25 p.m. (Smith)
Men's 3000m Steeplechase Semifinals - 8:50 p.m. (Blomberg)
Saturday Event Times
Men's 4x100 Meters - 6 p.m. (Gabriel, Butler, Newson, Vaughn)
Men's Triple Jump - 6 p.m. (Waller)