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T&F: Martin snags First-Team All-America accolades

Romain Martin is one of the most decorated athletes in school history.

June 14, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington's Romain Martin has received First-Team All-America honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) by virtue of his runner-up finish in the decathlon at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

It is the fourth All-America honor of the junior's career. He has twice been named an NCAA Indoor All-American, and was a second-team honoree last outdoor season.

Martin made a stunning comeback last week in Des Moines, Iowa, vaulting from eighth place into second on the final day. He finished the decathlon with 7,956 points to edge the third-place finisher by one point and the fourth-place finisher by four points.

The second-place individual finish was the highest placement by a UTA athlete at an NCAA meet since McClinton Neal won the 1990 outdoor crown in the 400-meter hurdles.

Martin, who just completed his second year at UTA, is already one of the most decorated athletes in the program's history. A four-time All-American, he trails only Cornelius Cavitt (6 times), Elston Cawley (6 times), Gilbert Smith (5 times) and Neal (5 times) in school annals.