Jan. 19, 2008
CLEMSON, S.C. -
The Auburn track and field teams completed their first meet of the indoor season with a successful showing Saturday at the Clemson Invitational. Senior Ty Akins and sophomore Eric Werskey won the men's 60m hurdles and shot put, respectively, with Akins posting Auburn's first NCAA provisional qualifying mark of the season.
"We picked up where we left off yesterday," said head coach Ralph Spry. "It was our first meet of the year and I just wanted to see how we would line up and compete. I thought everyone did a good job. Ty Akins had a provisional mark and Eric Werskey just missed his PR in the shot put, so it was a good way to break the ice. Everyone lined up and competed really well."
After a bad start kept him .01 seconds off the provisional qualifying mark in Friday evening's prelims, Akins raced to victory in the 60m hurdles Saturday with a time of 7.83, besting the provisional cut of 7.91. Junior Jhak Keegan finished sixth in the event with a time of 8.37 seconds.
Werskey, a transfer from Indiana, was not far off the NCAA provisional mark of 17.75m, recording a mark of 17.59m (57-8.5), winning by more than half a meter while posting the eighth best mark in Auburn indoor history.
The Auburn men also had a pair of second-place finishers on Saturday. Senior Reuben McCoy raced to a time of 48.46 in the 400m, while sophomore Scott Novack was the runner-up in the 3000m with a time of 8:19.98.
The women's team also had two second-place finishes on Saturday. Raevan Harris was second in the high jump, soaring 1.75m (5-8.75), and the 4x400m relay team of junior Amelia Anderson and freshmen Cache Armbrister, DeAngela McDougald and Joanna Atkins was second in 3:47.27.
Atkins also placed third in the 60m dash, recording a time of 7.51, which ranks tied for eighth in Auburn history. Anderson was ninth in the 60m in 7.73 seconds.
Other top-10 finishers for the men included the 4x400m relay team of McCoy, freshman Michael DeHaven, senior Gregory Rogers and freshman Brandon Johnson, which was fifth in 3:23.33; freshman Gerard Brown, who was eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 14.20m (46-7.25); and Rogers in the 60m dash, who was 10th in 7.02 seconds.
The women also had top-10 finishes from sophomore Danielle Gilchrist in the 60m hurdles (8.80 - sixth), sophomore Laurel Pritchard in the mile (5:14.60 - sixth) and freshman Brittany Mattrella in the pole vault (3.35m (10-11.75) - ninth).
The meet was a rare scored indoor meet, and the Tiger partial squad that was in attendance finished sixth on the men's side with 49 points and ninth in the women's side with 32 points.
Auburn will compete at the Diet Pepsi Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., next Saturday.