Jan. 21, 2006
CLEMSON, S.C. -
The Auburn men's and women's track and field teams completed their second weekend of competition with another successful showing Saturday at the Clemson Invitational. The Tigers posted NCAA qualifying marks in two more events on Saturday, bringing their total for the weekend to seven.
Freshman Michelle Vaughn highlighted the day, winning the triple jump with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 13.33m (43-9), which ranks her fourth on Auburn's all-time indoor triple jump list. Vaughn has already provisionally qualified in the long jump this weekend, finishing second on Friday.
The women's 4x400m relay team of senior Josanne Lucas, junior Kerron Stewart, senior Tamara Thomas and senior Markita James won their race with a provisional qualifying time of 3:40.66, although it fell short of last weekend's mark of 3:34.51.
Sophomore Lansford Spence was Auburn's other individual winner on Saturday, claiming the 400m title with a time of 47.91 seconds.
"We performed extremely well, coming off of our first meet," said head coach Ralph Spry. "We picked things up and everybody is competing well. The biggest thing I was looking for was for people to improve from last week, and I think we did that on both sides. I'm feeling pretty good with where we're at right now."
Lucas also posted a provisional qualifying mark in the 60m hurdle finals, running an 8.35, but it fell short of her qualifying time of 8.26 seconds. Sophomore Jasmine Johnson was seventh in the finals of that event in 8.85 seconds.
In the finals of the men's 60m hurdles, sophomore Ty Akins
placed third in 8.01 seconds, while freshman Tavaris Washington
finished fourth (8.09) and sophomore Reuben McCoy
was tenth (8.27).
Senior Alex Amodeo finished second in the men's 800m with a mark of 1:56.16. In the 3,000m, senior Clay Askew placed fourth in 8:47.82, and freshman Josh Pawlik was seventh in the mile run with a time of 4:28.81.
In the women's 400m dash, James placed third with a time of 54.87 while Thomas finished fourth in 55.47.
Junior Jacob Dunkleberger, who won Friday's weight throw, placed third in the shot put with a distance of 16.59m (54-5.25). The men's 4x400m relay team of Spence, McCoy, Washington and Akins also took third place in 3:18.79.
In the women's high jump, junior Michelle Williamson was fifth with a leap of 5-7, while freshman Raevan Harris placed sixth, clearing 5-5, and freshman Danielle Threatt tied for ninth with a mark of 5-3.
Senior Ronda Gullatte placed fifth in the women's shot put with a toss of 13.58m (44-6.75), while freshman Katalin Mate was seventh with a mark of 13.31m (43-8).
Senior Jovanee Jarrett was sixth in the 60m dash finals in 7.62, while sophomore Jessica Smith was 10th in the mile with a time of 5:17.35.
Junior Gregory Rogers was seventh in the 200m dash with a time of 22.61, while sophomore Jamaal Barnes tied for ninth in the 60m dash finals with a time of 7.09 seconds and was 13th in the 200m in 23.43.
Auburn will take next weekend off before competing at the Pepsi Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 5.