Track And Field Opens Competition At Two Big Meets
Senior Angela Homan

Feb. 10, 2006

Tyson Results
Iowa State Results

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark./AMES, Iowa - The Auburn men's and women's track and field teams opened the final weekend of competition prior to the Southeastern Conference indoor championships with a strong showing at a pair of top indoor meets that featured several of the nation's top teams. The Tigers set or bettered five qualifying marks at the Tyson Invitational, and two more at the Iowa State Classic.

"This is a big weekend for us," said head coach Ralph Spry. "Both meets are very competitive, and this is a key weekend because its the last one before the conference championships. We had three of four new provisional qualifying marks today, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

At the Tyson Invitational, senior Markita James broke her own school indoor record in the 400m, running a 52.64 to finish fourth overall and second among collegiate runners. James' time bettered her mark of 52.77 that she posted last Sunday in Gainesville, Fla., and pushed her closer to the automatic qualifying mark of 52.40. Tamara Thomas finished 21st in the 400m, but her time of 55.19 helped her crack the top 10 in Auburn indoor history as she now ranks seventh.

Senior Ronda Gullatte finished fifth in the weight throw, matching her career best while improving her provisional qualifying mark with a throw of 19.90m (65-3.5). In the long jump, senior Jovanee Jarrett improved on her provisional qualifying mark and her indoor career best, placing fifth with a jump of 6.37m (20-10.75).

Senior Josanne Lucas just missed qualifying for the finals of the 60m hurdles, finishing ninth out of 54 competitors in 8.31 seconds, but only the top eight advanced to the finals.



In the men's shot put, senior Cory Martin established a new personal best with a provisional qualifying mark of 18.42m (60-5.25), placing third at the meet while moving up to fourth on Auburn's all-time indoor list. Junior Jacob Dunkleberger just missed the provisional mark of 17.75m, finishing seventh with a toss of 17.60m (57-9), which ranks him seventh in Auburn indoor history.

In his first competition of the year, junior Shamar Sands met the NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 60m hurdles, finishing fourth in the finals with a time of 7.94 seconds after running a 7.89 in the prelims.

Meanwhile at the Iowa State Classic, the Tigers had a pair of provisional qualifiers in the 5000m. For the women, senior Angela Homan placed second with a time of 16:27.50, setting a new indoor personal best. For the men, senior Andrew Heath finished seventh in 14:09.82, setting a new personal best and moving him into second on Auburn's all-time indoor list.

Sophomore Ty Akins and freshman Tavaris Washington both qualified for Saturday's finals in the 60m hurdles, with Washington clocking a time of 8.01 seconds and Akins right behind at 8.02.

Auburn will conclude competition at both the Tyson Invitational and the Iowa State Classic on Saturday.