Feb. 3, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Auburn added two names to the travel list for the NCAA Indoor Championships Friday as both Jacob Dunkleberger and Kerron Stewart posted qualifying marks during a busy day for the Tigers at the Indiana Relays. Dunkleberger qualified automatically in the weight throw with a mark of 21.6m (70-10), while Kerron Stewart posted a provisional time of 7.41 in the 60-meter dash. Dunkleberger's throw is currently the third-best in the nation.
"For the most part, I thought we did well today," Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. "As we get closer to the SEC and NCAA Championships, it's important for our key performers to keep doing well. We need to build on each previous performance, and I thought we did that today."
In addition to the NCAA qualifiers, Auburn had 15 athletes qualify for Saturday finals in 11 events. The men competing in Saturday's running-event finals are Gregory Rogers and Hailey Foster in the 60-meter dash, Shamar Sands and Ty Akins in the 60-meter hurdles, Rogers in the 200m, Scott Novack in the 800m and Cory Martin and Dunkleberger in the weight throw.
The women qualifiers were Stewart in the 60-meter dash, Danielle Gilchrist and Jasmine Johnson in the 60-meter hurdles, Shaquela Williams in the 200m, Amelia Anderson in the 400, Jessica Smith in the 800m and Michelle Vaughn in the triple jump.
Two Tigers also did well in events that wrapped up Friday. Drew Lovette finished fourth in the pole vault with a 4.75m (15-7) mark and Michelle Williamson finished sixth in the women's high jump with a leap of 1.68m (5-6).
The lone Tiger to travel to South Bend, Ind., for Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational Friday was Laurel Pritchard, who finished the 5,000m in a time of 17:26.37. That time is currently third in the SEC.
The Indiana Relays resumes Saturday with the 60-meter hurdles semi-finals and the triple jump finals at 12 p.m.