MT&F: Martin, Vaughn to represent UTA at NCAA Indoors
March 6, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington men's track and field team will be represented at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships by a pair of student-athletes, junior Romain Martin and sophomore Clayton Vaughn, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
It marks just the sixth time ever that UTA has sent multiple athletes to the indoor championships and the first since 1997.
"This means a lot to our program," head coach John Sauerhage said. "That's one of the things we are here for--to qualify our athletes for the NCAAs. We are extremely proud of both Romain and Clayton."
For the second straight year, Martin qualified in the heptathlon, an event in which he is currently ranked seventh in the nation. Last year, the native of Le Mans, France, placed third nationally with a school-record 5,897 points, garnering All-America accolades in the process.
On Friday, Martin will compete in four events (60 meters, long jump, shot put and high jump) beginning at 11 a.m. (CT). The heptathlon will conclude Saturday with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000 meters. Events begin at 11:30 a.m.
"Romain is tremendously talented and very consistent," Sauerhage said. "He's in peak condition and knows what's important when it comes to scoring points. The competition in the multis is tougher than it's ever been, but his goal is to set personal bests in each event, and we will see how it shakes out."
Meanwhile, Vaughn became the first UTA athlete ever to earn a spot in the 60-meter dash after equaling a school-record time (6.66) at Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational last Saturday. The Sulphur Springs, Texas, product is currently ranked 16th in the nation in the event.
Like Martin, Vaughn also has previous NCAA experience. He competed at the 2011 Outdoor Championships in the 100 meters and the 4x100 relay. The preliminaries of the 60 will take place at 7:30 (CT) Friday night, with the finals scheduled for 8:15 p.m. (CT) Saturday.
"Clayton is just a pup," Sauerhage said. "He's only a sophomore, but he has a lot of talent and loads of potential. Last week he lined up with all the pressure of trying to reach nationals, and he did it. Clayton's been on big stages before and will not be intimidated. I think he will run his best this weekend."
ESPN3 will stream the meet live on Friday from 6:30-10:45 p.m. (CT) and Saturday from 7-10:15 p.m. (CT). A tape delay of the championship will air Sunday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU. NCAA.com and broncosports.com will stream what ESPN3 is not covering on Friday (11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. CT) and Saturday (11:30 a.m.-7 pm CT).
In addition, live results will be available via www.flashresults.com.