Martin's record-breaking decathlon performance ranks second in nation
April 11, 2011
ARLINGTON, Tex. - Midway through the outdoor men's track and field season, 11 athletes would currently qualify for the NCAA National Championships.
Romain Martin leads the way less than a week after destroying the UT Arlington decathlon record. Martin's total point score of 7867 at Texas Relays broke the program record of 6944. It marked the first time all season Martin competed in the decathlon.
Martin's decathlon score currently ranks second nationally. If the season ended today, he would also qualify for the NCAA National Championships in the pole vault and the 110m hurdles.
Cordero Gray would qualify in three events - the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. Gray's time of 10.24 in the 100m that he recorded at the Texas Relays ranks 12th nationally. His time of 20.94 in the 200m places him 24th in the nation.
The 4x100m relay team - consisting of Gray, Lionel Mungwari, Andrew Pettis and Clayton Vaughn - would also qualify for the NCAA National Championships. The team's time of 39.98 currently ranks 18th in the nation.
Vaughn and Mungwari would also qualify in individual events - Vaughn in the 100m and 200m and Mungwari in the long jump.
Field athletes Branko Petrovic, Ivan Storic and Casey Keeter are also on pace to qualify for the NCAA National Championships. Petrovic and Keeter would both qualify in the shot put and Storic in the javelin.
UT Arlington competes in the Northwestern State Invitational this weekend.