Three more Track & Field athletes advance to NCAA Finals
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.
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.
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.