MT&F: Two UTA stars gain All-America accolades; men's track team finishes 26th
March 10, 2012
NAMPA, Idaho - UT Arlington boasts a pair of track and field All-Americans, Romain Martin and Clayton Vaughn, after both Maverick competitors had impressive showings at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho. As a result, the Mavericks totaled eight points at the meet to finish tied for 26th nationally.
"We couldn't be happier," head coach John Sauerhage said. "To take two athletes to the meet and have them both return home as All-Americans is fantastic. For the team to finish in the top 30 is something that we're very proud of. Romain and Clayton showed guts and performed very well under the bright lights."
On the second and final day of the heptathlon, Martin moved up five spots into fifth place to earn indoor All-America honors in the event for the second straight year. The junior from Le Mans, France, finished with 5,840 points, just 57 points shy of his school-record total set during the 2011 indoor championships.
On Saturday, Martin finished fifth in the pole vault (5.00 meters), fifth in the 1000 meters (2:43.36) and sixth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.13 seconds). His marks in both the hurdles and the pole vault were personal records.
Meanwhile, Vaughn (Sulphur Springs, Texas) replicated his school-record sprint from the previous night, posting a time of 6.61 seconds in the 60 meters on Saturday evening. The sophomore's time, which was sixth fastest on Friday, was good for fifth place in the finals. The four runners who placed ahead of him included three seniors and a junior.
UT Arlington was the third-highest finisher among any school that does not boast a Division I football team. Only Southern Utah (T-15th) and Oral Roberts (T-22nd) placed higher than UTA.