T&F: Martin, Clements earn conference championships on day two

Isiah Clements was the SLC champion in the high jump.

May 12, 2012

SAN MARCOS, Texas - The UT Arlington men's team is in fourth place, just 23 points out of first place, heading into the final day of action at the Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. A pair of individual victories highlighted day two for the Mavericks.

Junior Romain Martin defended his conference championship in the decathlon, dominating the field by nearly 500 points. The All-American won four of the five events on the second day, giving him eight victories in the 10 events and a total of 7,426 points. On Saturday, the native of France was victorious in the 110-meter hurdles (14.76), discus (37.94m), pole vault (4.80m) and javelin (55.14m).

Senior Isiah Clements also was crowned conference champion with a mark of 2.15 meters (7-00.50) in the high jump. The top seed heading into the meet, he lived up to expectations and gave the Mavs an additional 10 points.

Another top performance came from Lionel Mungwari, who placed third in the long jump (7.50m). Meanwhile, a pair of Mavericks scored in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Emil Blomberg placed sixth in 9:18.03, while Hance Loyd took eighth (9:25.39).

In addition, Branko Petrovic scored two points with a seventh-place finish in the shot put (16.14m), while Kemarki Absalom earned a point in the high jump (8th, 2.05m).

The top for in the men's standings are: McNeese State (65), UTSA (51), Texas State (42.5) and UTA (42). The women are in 11th place with six points. However, the Maverick women have 12 athletes in the finals of the running events as well as strong relay teams remaining.

The final day of the Southland Conference Championships features the finals of 10 running events for both the men and the women as well as three field events for each. Live scoring will be available at Southland.org.





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