T&F: Martin sets school record in sixth-place decathlon finish
June 6, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - UT Arlington's Romain Martin finished sixth in the decathlon with a school-record and personal-best total of 8,013 points Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. By virtue of his finish, he earned first-team All-America accolades and also netted three team points for the Mavericks.
Martin is just the fourth Maverick ever to earn outdoor All-America honors in the same event three times and the first since Elston Cawley (200m) in 1998. The others to achieve that were McClinton Neal (400m hurdles) and Gilbert Smith (long jump).
Martin, who was just four points out of fifth place, started the day fourth in the standings. His best result on the second day came in the first event, as he had a runner-up showing in the 110m hurdles (14.27). That time was worth 931 points.
However, he had a tougher time in the next two events, placing 15th in the discus (38.51m) and 11th in pole vault (4.60m). The senior bounced back in his last two collegiate events, finishing fifth in the javelin (59.15m) and ninth in the 1500m (4:34.16).
"Romain showed a lot of heart once again," head coach John Sauerhage said. "We are very proud of him. He has represented the university so well each and every day and he truly is one of the all-time greats at UTA."
Taking into account the indoor seasons, Martin finished his career with six All-America plaques, including five first-team honors.