June 9, 2015
By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Four UT Arlington track and field standouts will be on display this week at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., and three of the four will be putting their final stamps on highly-decorated UTA careers.
The men's competition will be held Wednesday and Friday at historic Hayward Field with live coverage on the ESPN family of networks.
Senior Clayton Vaughn, who earned All-America honors in three events last year at the NCAA outdoor meet, will be competing in the 100-meter dash after taking fifth in the event a year ago. Earlier this season, Vaughn ran a wind-legal time of 9.93, the fourth-fastest collegiate time ever and a school record.
Fellow senior Quentin Butler, who owns the second-best time in school annals (9.992), will be making his championships debut in the 100m, giving the Mavericks two in the 24-person field. The only other schools with multiple runners in the men's 100m are LSU and USC.
The semifinals of the 100 meters will be run at 7:16 p.m. (CT) Wednesday. Butler has drawn the second of three heats, while Vaughn will run the final heat. The top two finishers in each heat, plus the next two fastest times will advance to Friday's eight-person final.
Emil Blomberg, the school record holder in the 3000m steeplechase (8:36.98), qualified for the NCAA Championships in the event for the second straight year. The two-time Sun Belt Conference Outstanding Indoor Track performer is also completing his senior campaign.
The steeplechase semifinals are set for Wednesday at 6:38 p.m. (CT), and Blomberg will compete in the second of two semifinal heats. The top five finishers in each heat, plus the next two best times, will reach the finals.
"Clayton, Quentin and Emil have had truly remarkable careers," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "They are among the all-time UTA greats, and this is a fitting way for them to end their time as college athletes. All three are ready, and we are excited to watch them compete and make UTA proud once again."
UTA's other competitor, junior Roland Sales, will participate in the finals of the high jump on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. (CT). Sales won the league's indoor and outdoor conference championships in the high jump, and his mark of 7 feet, 1 1/2 inches at the NCAA West Preliminary Round is just 1/4 inch off the school's all-time record. He is making his first-ever NCAA Championships appearance.
"Roland just continues to improve and perform well at big meets," Sauerhage said. "This will be a tremendous experience for him and should give him even more confidence as he heads to his senior year."
Finals of the men's steeplechase (6:57 p.m. CT) and 100m (7:25 p.m. CT) will also take place Friday. Live coverage of the first day of the NCAA Championships will be available on ESPNU and ESPN3, while Friday's action can be seen on ESPN.
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