By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – A pair of former UT Arlington sprinters, Clayton Vaughn and Quentin Butler, will be bidding for spots on the U.S. Olympic Team this weekend at the Track & Field Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Ore.
Both men completed their standout careers a year ago at the same site, Hayward Field, by competing in the 100 meters at the 2015 NCAA Championships. Vaughn placed eighth and Butler was ninth in the event. UTA was one of just two schools in the nation to have multiple runners qualify for the 100m at the national meet.
Vaughn's career-best and school-record 100m time of 9.93 ranks fifth among the 34 competitors attending the trials. Meanwhile, Butler's personal best (9.96) is the seventh-best mark among the contenders.
Vaughn and Butler are set to run in the first round of the 100-meter dash Saturday at 3:01 p.m. (CT). The semifinals are slated for 6:19 p.m. on Sunday, with the finals scheduled for 7:53 p.m. that evening.
"We are very much looking forward to watching Clayton and Quentin compete," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "They are tremendous sprinters and even better representatives of UT Arlington."
To earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2016 Rio Olympics, competitors must place in the top three of the event’s final. NBC will broadcast the 100m finals on Sunday, July 3. The meet is being held July 1-10. Live scoring is available here.
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