June 5, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington decathlete Romain Martin, who is on a quest to become the third Maverick ever to earn outdoor All-America honors in the same event three times, is in fine position to achieve that goal. The senior sits in fourth place at the midway point of the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Martin totaled 4,206 points on the first day. Washington's Jeremy Taiwo (4,389), Duke's Curtis Beach (4,383) and Texas' Johannes Hock (4,224) are the lone competitors ahead of the UT standout.
Martin, who finished as the NCAA runner up a year ago, began the day with personal records in the first three events. He opened with a time of 10.93 to finish ninth in the 100 meters. He followed that up with an eighth-place showing in the long jump (7.38 meters).
Martin then placed third in each of the next two events. His top effort arguably came in the shot put, where he had a toss of 14.50 meters. The native of France then cleared 2.05 meters in the high jump for another bronze-medal placing. Martin closed the day with a clocking of 49.80 in the 400 meters (11th place).
He will complete the decathlon tomorrow. The first event, the 110m hurdles, will kick off the competition at 1 p.m. (CT). The final four events (discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500m) will begin based on a rolling schedule.
In other action for the Mavericks, sophomore Ashly Wrightran a 2:14.45 to place 23rd in the 800 meters. Just the top eight finishers earned a spot in Friday evening's finals. It was Wright's first appearance at the NCAA Championships.
UTA's other NCAA qualifier, Bozidar Antunovic, was scratched from the shot put after experiencing discomfort in his elbow during warm-ups. The junior, who earned first-team All-America accolades for UTA in the indoor season, was looking for his third straight outdoor All-America award.
Live results of the decathlon 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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