By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
LAWRENCE, Kan. – UT Arlington's Tobi Fawehinmi broke the world Paralympic record in the triple jump Saturday to highlight the action on the final day at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Fawehinmi posted a personal-best mark of 50 feet, 11 1/2 inches (15.53m) on his first attempt. His jump ranks as the fifth-best in school history, topping his previous best of 50 feet, 7 1/4 inches.
The junior finished 17th in the event, five spots shy of earning an appearance in the NCAA Championships. He was 12 1/2 inches shy of the final qualifying mark for nationals.
"Tobi continues to amaze us," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "It's another incredible accomplishment for him, and we are very proud to have him as a part of UTA."
UTA's other individual competing on the final day of the regional was Emeka Nwangwu. The sophomore, who was making his NCAA West Prelim debut, finished 28th in the men's 110m hurdles with a clocking of 14.30.
The men's 4x400 relay squad recorded its best time of the year with a 3:07.89. The squad, made up of Erik Martinsson, D'Undre Mitchell, David Seastrunk and Brenden Wallace, finished 16th. The 12th and final qualifying time was 3:05.95.
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