Jan. 13, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington men's and women's indoor track and field teams will embark on their 2012 seasons Saturday at the Texas 10-Team Invitational in College Station.
"We are very excited to get the season started and optimistic that both programs can compete for conference championships this season," head track and field coach John Sauerhage said. "This weekend will be a great opportunity to get a meet under our belts against a very high level of competition."
Both teams figure to be in contention at the Southland Conference Championships, which will be held Feb. 24-25 in Norman, Okla. The men's team is also garnering national attention, as the Mavericks are rated 35th in the USTFCCCA preseason rankings.
On the men's side, returning All-American Romain Martin, a multi-event specialist, leads the way for the Mavericks. Martin placed third in the heptathlon at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, the highest NCAA finish by a UTA student-athlete since 1998.
The junior from Le Mans, France, is the nation's top returner in the heptathlon after scoring a personal-best 5,897 points in the finals last year. His achievements helped propel the Mavericks to a 33rd-place national finish.
Martin is not the only UTA male with NCAA Championships experience. At the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships, current senior Isiah Clements (high jump), junior Ivan Storic (javelin), junior Jeff Rodriguez (pole vault) and sophomore Clayton Vaughn (100m) also competed.
"We are very excited about our men's team," Sauerhage said. "We return a lot of very talented athletes, led by Romain, who has a chance to accomplish some very special things this season."
The women's team also boasts standout individuals as well as depth in each event. Two women, current sophomore Marniqua Thompson and junior Shannon Reynolds, competed at the 2011 NCAA West Preliminaries. Thompson earned a spot in the high jump, while Reynolds ran both the 100- and 200-meters.
"The women are well-balanced," Sauerhage said. "We have some nice depth and should be able to score points in any event."
The Texas 10-Team Invitational gets underway at noon Saturday. In addition to UT Arlington, the meet will feature Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU, North Texas, Prairie View A&M, Sam Houston State, Stephen F Austin, Texas State and Texas Southern. For more information, including live coverage, visit www.AggieAthletics.com.
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