Feb. 2, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. – In the final day of competition at the 38th annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, Auburn track and field established two new school records and won three individual event titles.
“Things are really clicking right," Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. "We had several national level performances and got some people qualified. This was a very competitive meet. I'm really pleased with our efforts on both sides. We had lots of good things happened."
Freshman Jessie Johnson staked her claim in the Auburn record book in the women’s pole vault. The Argyle, Texas native cleared the bar at 12-8.25 (3.57m) to establish a new indoor school record and also a new freshman record. She finished eighth overall.
In her first career indoor meet, Valentina Muzaric set a new Auburn indoor program and freshman record as she placed third in the women’s shot put with a long throw of 52-3.25 feet (15.93m). A native of Croatia, Muzaric redshirted the indoor season at Virginia Tech in 2012.
Senior Maya Pressley continued her strong start to the indoor season with her first high jump title of the new year. The former SEC Champion cleared a new indoor personal best of 6-0 (1.83m) as she improved upon her height for the third-straight week.
Marcus Rowland won his third 60 meter title in three meets this season with a mark of 6.66 seconds in the finals on Saturday. He narrowly clipped teammate Harry Adams in second place in 6.68 seconds. Another teammate, Jeremy Hardy, was sixth in 6.80 seconds.
Hardy also had a strong run in the men’s 200m consolation final as he finished first in season-best 21.66 seconds.
Also in the women’s shot put, Anna McCloskey set a new personal best with a throw of 43-6.5 (13.27m). Her throw moves her into eighth all-time at Auburn.
Competing in his signature event of the shot put for the first time in 2013, junior Stephen Saenz posted a top throw of 63 feet (19.20m) on Saturday. He finished second overall in the event and was the highest finishing collegiate.
Teammate Marcus Popenfoose was seventh with a long throw of 57-1 (17.40m).
Niklas Buhner has been enjoying a breakthrough season of sorts in the distance events and that continued on Saturday. The junior from Germany was the highest finish collegian in the men’s mile when he crossed the finish line second overall in 4:06.86.
In that same men’s mile, sophomore Kane Grimster was fifth in 4:09.71 and sophomore Francis Hernandez was seventh overall with his new PR of 4:10.55. Another distance runner, senior Jeff Sanders, set a new personal best with a fourth place finish in the men’s mile in 4:13.47.
Sophomore Siobhan Ford-Holland placed fourth in the women’s triple jump with a mark of 39-10.5 (12.15m). Indoor freshman Samantha Scarlett finished second in the women’s 60 meter hurdles consolation final with a new personal-best mark of 8.50 seconds.
Freshman Sage Blackwell finished third overall in the women’s 3000m in 10:01.79 and teammate and fellow freshman Taylor Duncan (10:06.75) was sixth. Sophomore Erin Fondren established a new personal best in the event with her mark of 10:16.31.
Auburn’s next action will be next weekend at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet in Blacksburg, Va. from February 8-9.