By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- On the heels of an outstanding effort at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, the UT Arlington men's track and field team has moved into the top-25 nationally in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) rankings.
At 25th, the Mavericks are the second-highest ranked school not affiliated with a "Power 5 Conference," behind only No. 18 BYU. It is the highest the team has been ranked this season, and marks a nine-spot jump from last week. The Mavs previously were as high as No. 27 in the May 11 poll.
The USTFCCCA's computer rankings are calculated based on the number of points a team could be expected to score at the NCAA Championships (June 10-13 in Eugene, Ore.), where UTA will have four athletes competing.
Clayton Vaughn is ranked fourth in the 100 meters with his season-best, wind-legal time of 9.93. Teammate Quentin Butler is eighth in the same event after running a personal-best 9.992 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round. The Mavericks are one of just three schools in the nation (LSU and USC) with two men competing in the 100m.
In addition, Emil Blomberg is seventh in the 3000m steeplechase with a school-record clocking of 8:36.98. He ran a 8:48.60 in Austin to finish second at the NCAA prelims.
In the field, Roland Sales is listed 15th in the high jump after clearing a personal-record 7 feet, 1 1/2 inches on Thursday. His mark is just 1/4 inch off the school's all-time record.
"We are looking to have a great NCAA meet with our qualifiers," Sauerhage said. "We're very excited to have a chance to once again prove ourselves against the best in the country."
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