Jan. 19, 2013
BIRMINGHAM – Marcus Rowland won both the 60 and 200 meters and Niklas Buhner won his race for the second-straight week for Auburn track and field on Saturday at the Auburn Indoor Invitational in the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Additionally, 15 Tigers set personal bests in the lone home indoor meet of the season for Auburn.
Rowland recorded the top time in the 200 meters in the one-round event with a mark of 21.07. Rowland then finished first in the 60-meter final in 6.63 seconds ahead of teammate Harry Adams (6.64).
Adams had previously posted the top preliminary mark in the 60 meters with a 6.67 ahead of Rowland (6.68). The races were the first this season for Adams. Sophomore Joe Fisher set a new personal best in the 60 meters with his run of 6.84 in the prelims.
Buhner brought home the title in the 3000 meters this week in 8:15.60, taking a step up after last week’s win in the mile. He was one of five Auburn runners to set new personal bests in the race. Joining the junior in the top four were Griffin Jaworski (3rd, 8:16.77) and Samuel Mueller (4th, 8:31.25). Jason Miller and Andrew Scott both also established new PR times in the 3000 meters.
Auburn had athletes set new PRs in both the men’s and women’s 400 meters. Spencer Ferguson recorded a new top time of 48.97 seconds, while freshman Deon Phillips finished the women’s race in 58.82. In the women’s 200 meters, V’alonee Robinson set a new personal best of 24.84.
Senior Maya Pressley tied her indoor PR in the high jump at 5-10.5 (1.82m) and Eryn Donaldson set a new career-best mark. Elizabeth Blackwell finished fourth in the women’s mile and set a new career-best mark of 4:56.38. Another distance runner, Mary Beth Strickland, also set a PR in the 800 meters.
SEC Freshman of the Week Larisa Debich equaled her PR from a week ago at 12-1.5 (3.70m) a mark that was also tied by fellow freshman Jessie Johnson in the pole vault. Both now hold the Auburn freshman record.
The Tigers are in action next on February 1 at the Husker Invitational hosted by the University of Nebraska. For the latest on Auburn Track and Field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter.