May 10, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington men's and women's track and field teams are prepared to compete in the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships Friday through Sunday at the Bobcat Track and Field Complex in San Marcos, Texas.
Heading into the event, the men's team is ranked eighth in the South Central Region rankings and 49th in the national rankings. Only UTSA (No. 5/No. 45) is ranked higher from the Southland Conference.
"We want to perform very well this weekend," head coach John Sauerhage said. "This is our last Southland Conference Championship and we want to go out with a strong performance. We have a lot of top-caliber athletes on both the men's and women's teams and if we can pick up some key points from our supporting casts, we feel like we can be in the hunt on the last day."
Junior All-American Romain Martin heads into the weekend as the top Southland athlete in the decathlon. The Le Mans, France, native's total of 7,977 points ranks third in the NCAA. The 2012 indoor track and field athlete of the year award winner also has top-10 marks in four additional events. He ranks third in the javelin (201-4), fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (14.50), seventh in the high jump (6-8.75) and eighth in the pole vault (16-4.75).
UTA, which has battled injuries all spring, is finally getting healthy at the right time. Sprinter Clayton Vaughn, who has the league's top time in the 100 meters (10.33) despite not running the event since March, will return to action by competing in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100 relay.
In addition, Jeff Rodriguez will be back after the pole vaulter injured his hand from a broken pole three weeks ago. The school-record holder in the event, he currently has the second-best mark in the SLC at 17-08.50.
Another Maverick who owns a league best heading into the meet is Isiah Clements in the high jump (7-01). Meanwhile, freshman Quentin Butler also figures to be a key for UTA. He boasts the second-best time in the 100 meters (10.43) and the fourth-fastest effort in the 200 (21.27).
On the women's side, sophomore Emily Koenig paces the conference in the 5000 meters with a clocking of 16:57.02. She is looking to add another conference title to her resume after winning the SLC cross country crown as a freshman.
A huge point scorer for the Mavs at the indoor meet, Shannon Reynolds will be counted on once again. She currently owns the second-fastest time in the 100 meters (11.67) and 200 meters (24.12).
Samantha Little figures to be a contender in the discus, as her throw of 154-00 is the second best by an SLC athlete the season. In addition, Lindsey Putman brings the third-best time in the 800 meters (2:09.55) into the meet.
Competition will begin Friday at 8:30 a.m. with the women's and men's 10,000 meters. In addition, the first four events of the women's heptathlon and first half of the men's decathlon will be contested beginning at 10 a.m. Field events on day one include the hammer throw and the javelin.
All-session passes for the three-day meet are $15 for adults, $10 for youth, with students of Southland Conference member institutions and children under three free. Single-day passes are $10 for adults, $5 for youth (ages 3-12).
Live results of the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships can be found online at www.southland.org.
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