The UT Arlington men’s indoor track and field team picked up its first league team title since 2000 by winning the Sun Belt Conference Championships in record-setting fashion Tuesday.
The Mavericks, who notched the ninth indoor conference title in school history, scored 185 points to easily outpace two-time defending champion Western Kentucky (149) by 36 points. The Mavs’ point total broke a 20-year-old meet record.
A pair of distance runners who were part of the cross country victory last fall again proved to be key cogs in the Mavericks’ lineup. Emil Blomberg, who took home high point scorer honors with 28 points after two wins and a runner-up showing, won the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 16.02 seconds. Ryan Tilotta then edged Blomberg to win the 5,000 in 14:45.74. Tilotta finished the meet with 26 points.
Clayton Vaughn won the 60 meters in 6.66 for his third consecutive conference title, each occurring in a different conference (Southland in 2012, Western Athletic in 2013 and Sun Belt in 2014). Omar Barnes won the triple jump for UTA with mark of 49 feet, 3.75 inches. and Roland Sales was the runner up in the high jump.
On the women’s side, the team finished sixth, led by freshman Tamerah Gorham, who set a Sun Belt indoor record in the 800 meters in 2:09.24, just ahead of teammate Ashly Wright in 2:09.31.