By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
EUGENE, Ore. -- UT Arlington's Clayton Vaughn advanced to the finals of the men's 100 meters on day one of the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Vaughn posted an official time of 10.085 to claim eighth place in the semifinals. He edged out teammate Quentin Butler (10.086) by 1/1000th of a second for the final qualifying spot.
Vaughn's time came in the final of three heats, while Butler ran in the second heat. Both men finished third in their respective heats. The top two in each of the three heats, plus the next two fastest times reached the finals.
"It was tough," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "There were some very fast times tonight. We were hoping to get both through to the finals, but we just missed out. Quentin closed his career with an impressive showing and we are so appreciative for everything he has done for this program."
Emil Blomberg, the school record holder in the 3000m steeplechase, was unable to finish his race. As a result, the senior closed out his highly decorated career in Wednesday's semifinals.
"It just wasn't in the cards," Sauerhage said. "It isn't how he wanted to finish his career, but he accomplished so much during his time here and we will never forget him."
UTA will be back in action Friday, when Roland Sales competes in the finals of the high jump, which begins at 6 p.m. (CT). He will be making his first-ever NCAA Championships appearance.
The 100m final will also take place Friday (7:25 p.m. CT). Live coverage will be available on ESPN, while live results can be viewed at NCAA.com.
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