T&F: UTA completes four-day run at Texas Relays

Jeff Rodriguez tied his school record with a pole vault mark of 5.40 meters.

March 31, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas - UT Arlington finished its stay at the famous Texas Relays on Saturday with a light day of competition, but one that still included strong performances from the Mavericks.

"We are making progress," head coach John Sauerhage said. "There is a lot of optimism here as far as what we are doing this early in the outdoor season."

Pole vaulter Jeff Rodriguez highlighted the day for the Mavericks, as the junior equaled his school-record mark established last week at the Bobby Lane Invitational. Rodriguez again cleared 5.40 meters Saturday to place fifth against a field that included some of the top pole vault performers in the nation.

In other action, the women's distance medley relay team had a strong eighth-place result. Sydney Hampton, Ashly Wright, Elin Andersson and Lindsey Putman posted a time of 11:42.71 in the event.

In addition, the men's distance medley relay squad of Anthony Hilliman, Isiah Clements, Anthony Rene and Emil Blomberg finished 10th with a clocking of 9:54.94.

In the lone disappointment of the day, UTA All-American sprinter Clayton Vaughn was unable to finish the 100-meter dash due to a concern with his hamstring. He had qualified with the sixth-fastest time in the preliminaries on Friday (10.33).



UTA returns action at the Northwestern State Invitational next Saturday.



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