May 25, 2018
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 25, 2018) - Erik Martinsson qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday night after a season-best time in the 800 meters at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Martinsson's time of 1:48.63 placed him third in his heat, which automatically qualified him for the NCAA meet. He finished 11th overall among the 24 runners. Martinsson will be competing in the 800m semifinals on June 6, while the finals are set for June 8.
In another highlight, a pair of Mavericks advanced from the first round to Saturday's quarterfinals of the men's 110m hurdles. Emeka Nwangwu qualified 13th with a time of 14.02, while Petter Gustafsson was 16th in 14.09. Both men placed third in their respective heats. UTA was one of just four schools, joining Oregon, Nebraska and Illinois, to advance two in the hurdles.
Two standouts completed their collegiate careers Friday night. Madison Pecot, the Sun Belt Conference indoor and outdoor pole vault champion in 2018, tied for 32nd in the event with a clearance of 3.78m (12-4¾). In addition, Adam Damadzic, this year's SBC champ in the discus, finished 23rd in his signature event with a best throw of 52.53m (172-04).
Deontre Haynes, who advanced through the first round yesterday, finished 23rd in the men's 100m quarterfinals with a clocking of 10.58. In addition, Demarviae Gray competed in the first round of the 200 meters, and placed 33rd (21.45).
Martinsson joins Alexus Henry as UTA representatives at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Henry advanced in the women's high jump on Thursday night.
UTA will complete its stay at the regional meet Saturday. On the docket for the Mavericks will be Chineme Obikudu in the women's triple jump (6:30 p.m. CT), the men's 4x100m relay team (8 p.m.), Gustafsson and Nwangwu in the 110m hurdle quarterfinals (9:05 p.m.) and the men's 4x400m relay team (11:25 p.m.).
Live video is available on pay-per-view at Flotrack.com. Live results are available through NCAA.com.