March 8, 2008
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -
Auburn senior Reuben McCoy drastically improved his chances of qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with a second-place performance at the Alex Wilson Invitaitonal hosted by Notre Dame on Saturday.
McCoy and sophomore Eric Werskey were the only two members of the Auburn squad competing this weekend at the last chance qualifier, trying to improve their standing on the NCAA descending order lists.
McCoy entered the weekend ranked tied for 21st nationally in the 400m with a season-best time of 46.95, but he raced to a time of 46.61 seconds while finishing second, which would move him all the way up to seventh in the country. His time ranks him eighth in school history.
Meanwhile, Werskey won the shot put with a mark of 18.26m (59-11), but did not improve on his season-best throw of 18.52m (60-9.25). Werskey could still make the NCAA field, as he entered the weekend ranked 12th nationally.
The field for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships will be determined Monday. Those athletes making the field will compete at the NCAA meet March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark.