The men’s indoor track and field team delivered a record-setting performance to win the Sun Belt Conference Championships in February in Birmingham, Ala.
The Mavericks amassed 185 points, breaking a 20-year-old conference record, to outpace two-time defending champion Western Kentucky by 36 points.
“We had a lot of kids come through with peak performances at the right time. That’s how you win a championship,” head coach John Sauerhage said. “It’s very satisfying to have a team compete to the best of its ability and come out on top.”
Among the standouts was Emil Blomberg, the meet’s top scorer with 28 points. He posted victories in the mile run and 3,000 meters and finished second in the 5,000 meters to teammate Ryan Tilotta, who was runner-up in the mile and the 3,000.
“I never dreamed of getting 28 points,” said Blomberg, a junior from Jarfalla, Sweden, who owns the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Senior sprinter Clayton Vaughn clocked a 6.66 to earn his third consecutive 60-meter title, each coming in a different conference. Other first-place finishers were Philip Critelli in the 800 meters and Omar Barnes in the triple jump. Roland Sales was second in the high jump with a leap of 7 feet, 1 inch, equaling a school record.
The women’s team finished sixth, with Tamerah Gorham (800 meters) and Hannah Nilsson (mile run) capturing individual titles. A freshman from Arlington’s Lamar High School, Gorham posted a 2:09.24 to set an SBC Championships record. Nilsson’s time of 4:54.33 was the third fastest in UT Arlington history.