Jan. 12, 2013
BIRMINGHAM - Auburn Track and Field earned three event titles and a 15-year-old school record fell on Saturday in the season opening Crimson Tide Indoor Opener on Saturday in the Birmingham CrossPlex.
"It was a typical first meet for us," Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. We had some solid performances across the board, but we also have some kids that have some work to do. That's pretty standard for the first meet. Overall, it was pretty solid across the board. It's good to get the rust off the veterans and get the newcomers experience."
Leading the way were returning All-Americans Marcus Rowland and Kai Selvon in the men's and women's 60 meter races. Rowland had the top time in both rounds, emerging victorious with a mark of 6.64 seconds in the final.
Rowland's mark is the fastest 60m run recorded in the nation this season at legal elevation. Junior Keenan Brock (6.77 seconds) had the third-fastest time in the preliminary round, but did not run in the final.
Selvon, a 2012 Olympian for Trinidad & Tobago, had the top time in the preliminary and final round of the women's race, crossing the finish line in 7.44 seconds.
Additionally, freshman Larisa Debich shattered Auburn's previous freshman record in women's pole vault with a mark of 12-1.5 feet (3.70m). The mark broke the previous record of 11-9.75 set by Hannah Johnson in 1998.
Distance runners Niklas Buhner and Francis Hernandez came up big with a 1-2 finish in the men's mile run. Buhner crossed the line first in 4:09.96, while Hernandez set a new PR in his first indoor race for Auburn with a mark of 4:11.84. Fifth-year senior Jeff Sanders was fifth in 4:18.70.
In the men's 3000 meters, Griffin Jaworski
set a new personal best with a fourth-place finish in 8:29.05. Also setting a new PR was Samuel Mueller
, who finished seventh in 8:33.89.
In the throws, redshirt freshman Daina Levy placed third in the women's weight throw with a long toss of 60-0.25 feet (18.29m). That mark is good for fourth in Auburn history. Fellow redshirt freshman Andrew Dunkleberger also came up big with a top throw of 58-3.25 feet (17.76m) to place fifth in the men's event, a mark just outside the program's top 10.
Junior DJ Smith opened his third season on The Plains with second-place finish in the men's high jump with a final clearance at 6-8.75 feet (2.05m). Senior Spencer Ferguson improved his career-best mark in the men's 200 meters with a run of 22.12 seconds.
Auburn's next action is Saturday back in Birmingham at its lone home indoor meet of the season, the Auburn Indoor Invite.