Remembering Maverick Olympians: Track and Field

Aug. 12, 2016

By Michael Eldridge | @DFWSportsMike

ARLNGTON, Texas - The best athletes in the world take center stage in Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

UT Arlington Athletics has been strongly represented at the Olympics over the years with record-breaking performances and memories that will last a lifetime. Throughout the running of the 2016 games, we will be highlighting former Mavericks that have made history, representing their countries in the world-renown event that only happens every four years.

Olympic Sport: Track and Field (and Bobsleigh)

UTA Track and Field has been one of the most decorated programs in Maverick history, earning recognition on the world stage year in and year out.

Seven former members have represented various countries at the summer, and even the winter games.

Jared Connaughton (Canada) | Track and Field
2008 Beijing, China & 2012 London, England
Connaughton finished 14th in the 200m and his team finished sixth in the 4x100m relay in 2008. He competed in the 200m and 4×100m relay in 2012. He is just the second Maverick to compete in multiple Olympics. Connaughton retired in 2014.


 

 

Takeshi Fujiwara (El Salvador) | Track & Field
2004 Athens, Greece

Fujiwara competed in the 400m before coming to UTA. He was an Academic All-American in 2009.

Karin Olsson (Sweden) | Bobsleigh
2002 Salt Lake City, USA
A former sprinter for the UTA track and field team, Olsson finished 14th in the women's two bobsledding with a time of 1:40.30.

 

Elston Cawley (Jamaica) | Track and Field
1996 Atlanta, USA
Cawley finished seventh in the second-round of qualifying in the 200m with a time of 20.75. He advanced out of his first round heat with a third-place finish and a time of 20.73. Cawley was a six-time All-American at UTA.

 

Peter Dajia (Canada) | Track and Field
1992 Barcelona, Spain
Dajia represented Canada at the '92 Olympics in Barcelona competing in the shot put. He finished 14th in his qualifying group with a throw of 16.81-meters. Dajia also competed in the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.

 

McClinton Neal (USA) | Track and Field
1992 Barcelona, Spain
A NCAA champion in the 400m hurdles and five-time NCAA All-American, Neal finished ninth at the Olympics in the same event after reaching the semifinals. Neal retired from track and field in 2000 and now is a comedian performing in Los Angeles, California.

 

Joseph Sainah (Kenya)| Track and Field
1988 Seoul, Republic of Korea
Sainah competed in the 4x400m relay at the 1988 Olympic Games. Sainah's cousin, Peter Rono of Kenya, won gold at the same Olympics in the 1500-meters.

 

David Peltier (Barbados)| Track and Field
1984 Los Angeles, USA
Peltier's 4x400m relay team finished sixth in the 1984 Olympics with a time of 3:01.60, a Barbadian record. Peltier finished 29th in the in men's 400-meter, advancing to the quarterfinals. 

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