Three more Track & Field athletes advance to NCAA Finals

Clayton Vaughn qualified for the national championships in the 100m by posting the fourth-fastest time at the West Prelims on Friday.

 
Clayton Vaughn qualified for the national championships in the 100m by posting the fourth-fastest time at the West Prelims on Friday.
 

May 27, 2011

EUGENE, Ore. - Three more UT Arlington athletes qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Friday at the NCAA West Prelims in Eugene, Ore.

Cordero Gray and Clayton Vaughn both advanced to the national finals in the 100m and Isiah Clements qualified in the high jump.

The Mavericks have now had six athletes qualify for the national championships in the last two days. Romain Martin automatically qualified in the decathlon, giving them a seventh competitor. Ivan Storic (javelin), Jeff Rodriguez (pole vault) and Casey Keeter (shot put) each advanced to the national meet on Thursday.

For the second consecutive day, Gray turned in the second-best time in the 100m at the West Prelims. This time he won his heat with a time of 10.33.

Vaughn, a true freshman, finished fourth at the West Prelims with a time of 10.43.

Both sprinters advanced to the national championships held at Drake University in Des Moines, Ia.

The duo also has a chance to advance to the national finals in the 200m after both sprinters qualified in the preliminary round. Gray placed fifth with a time of 21.04 and Vaughn finished 15th by clocking a 21.31.

They will compete in the national quarterfinals on Saturday after they, along with Juan Lewis and Andrew Pettis try to advance in the 4x100m relay.

Clements set a season-high and matched a personal-best with a jump of 2.11 meters. That mark placed him eighth in the prelims and ensured him a spot in Des Moines.

 

 

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