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Men’s track wins second straight SBC title

The men’s outdoor track and field team continued its Sun Belt Conference dominance last spring, winning its second title in only two years in the league.

Senior sprinter Clayton Vaughn led the way, blazing to victory in the 100 meters. His time of 9.93 shattered his own school record of 10.07 and ranked as the third-fastest time in the NCAA for 2015. Vaughn placed third in the 200 and was part of the winning 4x400 relay team with Cameron Newson, Quentin Butler, and Tarik Crear.

Other first-place finishers were Craig Lautenslager in the 10,000- and 5,000-meter runs, Emil Blomberg in the steeplechase, and Roland Sales in the high jump. The Mavericks outdistanced second-place Arkansas State 166-148.

“We came through with clutch performances in every event area,” said head coach John Sauerhage, who guided the men to a No. 25 national ranking. “That’s the fun thing about having a complete team. It wasn’t one area. It was everyone.”

For the second consecutive season, Sauerhage was named SBC Coach of the Year. He has now been named outdoor men’s Coach of the Year four times, twice in the SBC and twice in the Southland Conference. Including men’s and women’s cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track, he has received Coach of the Year honors 26 times.

Vaughn, Butler, Blomberg, and Sales all qualified for the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in June. Vaughn placed eighth in the 100 meters, earning All-America recognition for the sixth time. He is just the fourth Maverick athlete to achieve the feat.

“What a career Clayton had,” Sauerhage said. “He’s one of the all-time greats and a true pleasure to coach. He has made all of UTA proud, both on and off the track.”

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