Jan. 20, 2007
CLEMSON, S.C. - The Auburn track and field teams concluded one of the best season- opening weekends that head coach Ralph Spry could remember with three wins and five athletes earning provisional qualifiers Saturday at the Clemson Invitational.
"This is one of the better starts to the season we have had," Spry said. "We qualified five more people today and had a lot of solid performances from our younger athletes. My mission this weekend was to see if we were ready to compete, and I feel good about what I saw."
After earning an automatic qualifier with his 23.12m (75-10) weight throw on Friday, Cory Martin threw the shot 18.49m (60-8) to finish second and qualify in his second event of the weekend.
The other men's qualifiers were Mark Johnson, who jumped 5.20m (17-0.75) to qualify provisionally in the pole vault, and Shamar Sands, who recorded his second provisional qualifying mark in the 60m hurdles finals with a time of 7.88 seconds.
The event winners for the men were Sands in the 60m hurdles and Jordan Davis in the 3000m with a time of 8:17.51.
For the women's team, Michelle Vaughn qualified provisionally in the triple jump with a preliminary-round jump of 12.76m (41-10.5) and then bested that mark in the finals with a jump of 13.23m (43-5) to win the event.
Raevan Harris was Auburn's second women's qualifier with a high jump of 1.78m (5-10) that earned her a second-place finish in the event.
Auburn totaled eight qualifying marks on the weekend, seven provisional and one automatic. Six were men's marks and two belonged to the women. Friday's qualifying marks were Martin and Dunkleberger (20.82m, 68-3) in the weight throw and Sands (7.81) in the 60m hurdles.
Auburn travels to the Diet Pepsi Invitational on Jan. 27th. The meet runs all day and a recap of the Tigers' performances can be found on www.auburntigers.com after the meet.