Feb. 9, 2013
AUBURN – Senior Maya Pressley along with juniors Stephen Saenz and Niklas Buhner and freshman Valentina Muzaric each earned event titles and multiple teammates established new personal bests for Auburn track and field on Saturday in meets at three different locations.
“We are trying to put everyone in situations to get sharp and get a good mark before SECs,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “We really wanted to have a good weekend all the way around. Those guys are just some of our athletes that had good weekends. We have several personal bests and for the most part it was a successful weekend with multiple national-level performances. We are right in line for where we need to be progression wise.”
Stephen Saenz won his first shot put title in just his second meet of the season. The junior from Texas recorded a top mark of 62-10.5 (19.16m) to take the title. Teammate Marcus Popenfoose was eighth with a long throw of 56-1 (17.09m).
In the women’s high jump at Samford, Maya Pressley won her second title in as many weeks. The senior from Florida was the lone competitor to clear at 1.77m as she earned the title. Muzaric brought home her first career indoor shot put title with a long throw of 54-3.75 (16.55m), a new personal best.
Auburn placed three men in the top four of the mile at the Samford Invite. Niklas Buhner won his third event of the season and second mile race with a new PR of 4:05.14. He was followed in second place by teammate Kane Grimster (4:08.35).
Senior Jeff Sanders also set a new personal-best time of 4:10.92 with a fourth-place finish.
Also in Birmingham, three Tigers finished in the top seven in the 800 meters. Francis Hernandez was fourth in 1:52.97, while Grimster (1:53.40) bounced back with a fifth-place finish in his second event of the day. Sanders also set a new personal best and finished seventh in the race in 1:53.58.
Hunter Hayes set a new person best with a mark of 1:56.32 in the 800 meters.
In a limited day of action for Auburn at the Tyson Invitational, Kai Selvon ran the 200 meters for the first time in 2013 and finished 10th overall in a loaded field in 23.90 seconds.
In Blacksburg, Andrew Scott (15:05.41) and Jason Miller (15:08.63) both set personal bests in the 5,000 meters. Auburn’s ‘A’ team competed in the men’s 4x400m relay for the first time this season and placed third overall in 3:13.86. The top three teams were all finished within six tenths of a second.
The next action for Auburn is February 22-24 at the SEC Indoor Championships.