Auburn Track And Field Wraps Up First Weekend Of Competition
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Senior Tamara Thomas was part of the winning 4x400m relay team.
Senior Tamara Thomas was part of the winning 4x400m relay team.

Jan. 14, 2006


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Auburn men's and women's track and field teams concluded competition at the Wildcat Invitational Saturday, marking the Tigers' first competition of the indoor season. Three individuals and one relay team met NCAA provisional qualifying marks on Saturday for the Tigers, following Friday's performance that saw one automatic qualifier and one provisional qualifier.

"It was our first meet, and I thought we had a really good effort for both the men's and women's teams," said head coach Ralph Spry. "There was a lot of intensity and good, hard running. The highlight was having an automatic qualifier (Cory Martin in Friday's weight throw), but a lot of people competed well."

Freshman Michelle Vaughn was the lone individual first-place finisher for Auburn on Saturday, winning the long jump with a leap of 6.01m (19-8.75). Freshman Amelia Anderson finished fifth in that event with a distance of 5.80m (19-0.5).

The women's team also got a first-place finish in the 4x400m relay, winning the event with an NCAA provisionally qualifying mark of 3:34.51. Running for the Tigers were senior Josanne Lucas, junior Kerron Stewart, senior Tamara Thomas and senior Markita James.

In the women's high jump, freshman Raevan Harris was second with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 1.78m (5-10). Harris tied for the top mark, but placed second due to more misses. Junior Michelle Williamson was eighth in the high jump with a mark of 1.68m (5-6) while freshman Danielle Threatt was 16th with a height of 1.53m (5-0.25).



Josanne Lucas met the NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 60m hurdles, running an 8.33 in both the prelims and finals, placing second in the finals, while Markita James placed second in the 400m with a time of 55.12. Sophomore Jasmine Johnson finished 10th in the hurdle finals in 8.89 after running 8.81 in the prelims.

Senior Jovanee Jarrett finished fourth in the finals of he 60m dash with a time of 7.56, senior Angela Homan was ninth in the mile (5:00.78) and Jessica Smith placed 10th in the 800m (2:17.92). In the shot put, senior Ronda Gullatte finished 12th with a mark of 12.80m (42-0) and freshman Katalin Mate placed 18th with a distance of 12.08m (39-7.75).

Sophomore Lansford Spence had the lone provisional qualifying mark for the men on Saturday, finishing third in the 400m with a time of 46.38.

"It was Lansford's first ever indoor meet and he had a great time," said Spry. "I'm real excited about his performance."

Junior Jacob Dunkleberger, who finished fourth in Friday's weight throw, placed second in the shot put Saturday with a mark of 17.04m (55-11).

In the 60m hurdles, sophomore Ty Akins finished fourth in the finals with a time of 8.09 after winning his heat in the prelims in 8.04. Sophomore Reuben McCoy was sixth in the finals with a time of 8.14.

Sophomore Jordan Davis placed seventh in the 3000m with a mark of 8:16.38, while senior Andrew Heath was not far behind, finishing 10th in 8:22.07.

Sophomore Jamaal Barnes was 11th in the 60m dash finals in 6.99 seconds after posting a mark of 7.04 in the prelims. Freshman Hailey Foster ran a 7.08 in the prelims but did not start in the finals.

Senior Alex Amodeo finished seventh with a time of 1:54.20 in the 800m - an event won by former Tiger Sherridan Kirk in 1:47.75. In the mile, Josh Pawlik was 21st in 4:37.19.

In the 4x400m relay, the men's team finished second overall and second in their heat with a time of 3:11.19.

Auburn will compete next Friday and Saturday (Jan. 20-21) at the Clemson Invitational.