T&F: Recent grads competing at USATF Championships

Clayton Vaughn will compete in the 100 meters at the USA Track and Field Championships this week.
June 24, 2015

By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- UT Arlington greats Quentin Butler and Clayton Vaughn will officially be representing UTA at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships this week in Eugene, Ore. Both will be donning their UTA singlets one last time prior to turning professional following the meet.

"It's an encore performance for them and we are excited to see them compete," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "They will always be Mavericks, and for them to put on that uniform at one final meet will be very special for them and for us."

Butler and Vaughn will be competing in the 100-meter dash on the same Hayward Field track that hosted the NCAA Championships earlier this month. Vaughn placed eighth overall in the event to earn All-America accolades, while Butler came in ninth, missing a spot in the finals by .001.

The first round of the USATF's 100m will take place Thursday at 8 p.m. (CT). Vaughn will run in the first heat, while Butler is in the fourth and final heat. The top three finishers in each race, plus the next four fastest times, will advance to the semifinals. The semifinal round is slated for Friday at 7:15 p.m. (CT), while the finals are set for later that evening (9:30 p.m.). The finals will include the top four finishers in each of the two heats.

USATF.tv will provide daily video streaming, while NBC & NBC Sports Network will carry live television coverage Friday through Sunday.



In addition, rising sophomore Chineme Obikudu will be participating in the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Eugene. As a freshman, Obikudu advanced to the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the women's triple jump.

She also was the runner up in the event at the Sun Belt Conference Championships with a leap of 41 feet, 6 inches, a mark that ranks third in school history.

"Chineme really had an outstanding freshman year," Sauerhage said. "And she has a chance to accomplish big things this week that could propel her to an even better sophomore year."

Obikudu will compete in the triple jump at 6:40 p.m. (CT) on Saturday.


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