May 25, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - UT Arlington's Bozidar Antunovic (shot put) and Ashly Wright (800 meters) advanced to the NCAA Championships in their respective events to highlight the Mavericks' Friday efforts at the NCAA West Preliminaries.
Antunovic, a two-time outdoor All-American in the event, will have a chance for his first honors as a Maverick after placing fourth in the shot put on Friday. His throw of 18.93m (62-01.25) was good for one of the 12 qualifying spots and was just one inch shy of his school record heave.
Wright posted an 800m time of 2:06.04, which placed her third in her heat, thereby earning her a trip to Eugene, Ore., next month. She had the 12th-fastest time overall and will be making her first-ever NCAA Championships appearance. Her clocking was a personal record and the second-fastest time in UTA history.
Quentin Butler narrowly missed his first trip to the NCAA meet after running a 10.63 in the semifinals of the 100m. He finished 15th and was shy of a top-12 mark by just .03. However, he did advance to Saturday's 200m semifinals with a time of 21.33 (21st place) in the prelims.
Shannon Reynolds also had a near miss in the women's 100 meters. Her time (11.89) placed her 17th, while the 12th and final qualifying time was 11.77. In addition, Reynolds came just four spots shy of the semifinalist group in the 200 meters after she finished 28th (24.16).
In the 3000m steeplechase, which featured just a semifinal and no prelims, Emil Blomberg finished 20th in 8:51.36. His time broke a 14-year-old school record by one second.
Rounding out the UTA action, DeOna Stafford placed 34th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.19.
On Saturday, the final day of competition in Austin, the Mavericks will have five athletes in action. Butler will compete in the semifinals of the 200 meters, Ivan Storic will participate in the men's javelin, and Omar Barnes and Lionel Mungwari will compete in the men's triple jump. On the women's side, Jennifer Brown will look to advance in the women's triple jump.
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