June 4, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - All three UT Arlington athletes who advanced to the national meet--Romain Martin (decathlon), Ashly Wright (800m) and Bozidar Antunovic (shot put)--will represent their school Wednesday on the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
"We have a busy day Wednesday and we are very excited about that," head coach John Sauerhage said. "Each of our three athletes here has trained very hard and we are eager to see them compete at the highest level."
Martin, a senior from Le Mans, France, will be the first Maverick to see duty, as the first half of multi-event competitions kick off Wednesday at 2 p.m. (CT). The event will follow a 30-minute rolling schedule, and the final five events will take place on Thursday.
Martin is a two-time All-American in the decathlon, earning mention in both 2011 and 2012 after finishing 11th and second, respectively. He is looking to become the third Maverick ever to earn All-America honors in the same event three times, and the first since Elston Cawley (200m) in 1998.
Wright, who is competing in the NCAA Championships for the first time, will run the semifinals of the 800 meters at 6:30 p.m. (CT). The finals are slated for Friday at 7:20 p.m. The sophomore from Beaumont, Texas, owns the second-fastest time in school history, a 2:06.04 achieved at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Capping Wednesday's action will be Antunovic, a two-time first-team All-American in the event at the University of Arizona. Antunovic, a junior from Indjija, Serbia, placed fourth in the shot put each of the last two seasons prior to transferring to UTA this year. Already the school record holder, he will begin his quest for more hardware at 7:30 p.m. (CT).
Live results of the meet will be available at www.flashresults.com. In addition, ESPN3/ESPNU will broadcast the majority of the meet, with supplementary webcasting on Pac-12 Live Stream (http://pac-12.com/live/goducks.aspx?DB_OEM_ID=500).
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