June 11, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. - UT Arlington sprinter Clayton Vaughn qualified for the finals of the 100 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Wednesday evening at historic Hayward Field. He is the first Maverick sprinter to reach the 100m final since Clinton Bufuku in 1995.
Vaughn (10.12) was the runner-up in heat number two by .001. His official time of 10.114 was edged by Northwestern State's Justin Walker (10.113). The top four finishers in his heat were within .015 of each other.
Vaughn's clocking was the fifth fastest of the evening. The top two runners in each heat, plus the next two fastest times, advanced to the final. The 100m final will be contested on Friday evening at 7 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN3.
Earlier in the evening, the men's 4x100 relay team posted a 39.60 to place 15th overall and fifth in the opening heat. The time was just .05 off the school-record time that the same quartet--Christian Clark, Cameron Newson, Quentin Butler and Vaughn--netted at the NCAA West Preliminary Round just days ago.
The action continues Thursday night with Vaughn participating in the 200m semifinals at 6 p.m. (CT). UTA's other individual competitor, Emil Blomberg, will compete in the semis of the 3000m steeplechase at 7:35 p.m. All of Thursday night's action will be available on ESPN3.
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