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Clayton Vaughn

With the obstacles he has overcome, you’d think Clayton Vaughn was a hurdler. Instead, he’s one of the nation’s premier sprinters. His 60-meter time of 6.55 seconds ranked first in the NCAA this season and fourth in the United States. But his journey to the top has been bumpy. Last year a stress break of his fibula sidelined Vaughn for much of the 2013 outdoor season. His long road back took a much tougher turn last Thanksgiving when his mother died unexpectedly. “Everything I’ve tried to do this year has been for my mom,” the senior from Sulphur Springs says. “Even in practices when I’m tired, I just figure I’ve dealt with worse. It just pushes me further.” Vaughn won his third consecutive 60-meter conference title at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships in February, but a hip injury forced the two-time All-American to miss the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The latest setback didn’t keep him from clocking a UTA-record 10.07 in the 100 meters this spring. “As long as you have the drive and dedication to do something,” he says, “you can do it.”

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