T&F: Vaughn adds to legend by earning spot in 200m final
June 12, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. – UT Arlington sprinter Clayton Vaughn added to his list of achievements on Thursday night, as he qualified for the final of the 200 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In doing so, he became the first UTA athlete ever to advance to multiple individual finals in the same year.
Vaughn is one of just three athletes in the nation to reach the final in both the 100 meters and 200 meters this year, joining USC’s Aaron Brown and Northwestern State’s Justin Walker
“We are so proud of Clayton,” UTA coach John Sauerhage said. “What he continues to do each time he competes is phenomenal. He’s a joy to coach and to watch perform.”
On Thursday evening, Vaughn posted a time of 20.87 in the semifinals of the 200m, finishing third in his heat. His clocking earned him the eighth and final spot in the final.
The top two runners in each heat, plus the next two fastest times, advanced, and Vaughn was .01 better than the ninth-place finisher.
The junior is next in action Friday evening at 7 p.m. (CT), when he takes part in the 100m final. His 200m final will be contested Saturday at 4:40 p.m. (CT). Action both nights will be televised live on ESPNU and ESPN3.
UTA’s other individual competitor was junior Emil Blomberg, who was the first Maverick ever to qualify for the NCAAs in the 3000m steeplechase. Blomberg, however, was under the weather and unable to complete the semifinal race on Thursday evening.