March 9, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Marcus Rowland placed second and Harry Adams finished fourth in the men's 60-meter championship on Saturday at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
The Auburn men finished in 14th place with 16 points. The lone women's competitor, Maya Pressley, scored five points to place 35th overall.
The finish by the men is the highest for the Tigers since finishing fifth in 2007. The women improved from a 48th-place finish in 2012.
"When you have teammates pushing each other and training together every day, it gives you a since a confidence and its obvious Marcus and Harry had that confidence today," Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. "It's been a rough indoor season, but they both got a lot of confidence today. I'm pleased with how we finished as a team indoors and now we can get ready for the outdoor season.
Rowland recorded a new personal best with his mark of 6.55 seconds as he finished one-hundredth behind first-place D'Angelo Cherry (6.54) seconds. The mark by Rowland is his fastest since 2010 and ties Adams for second in Auburn history.
"I PRed, so I'll take it," Rowland said. "I'm proud of myself. I've come a long way as far as injuries and all that stuff. Just to be here, be NCAA runner-up and to be healthy - I'll take it. This gives me a big boost going into outdoor season."
The finish is the highest for Rowland in his career, improving upon a third-place performance in 2010.
Adams (season-best 6.61) placed fourth behind TCU's Charles Silmon by the slimmest of margins. The senior from Ft. Lauderdale crossed the finish line in 6.608, narrowly behind Silmon in 6.601.
"I'm more of an outdoor runner anyway, so this performance today is a good thing for me," Adams said. "I had a good finish and it was a good race for me. It's time to get ready for the 100 now."
The performance was the best for Adams at the NCAA Indoor Championships, in his first event final. With their finishes, Rowland and Adams scored 13 points for the Tigers.
For the second-straight day, the 60 meters featured a participated being disqualified due to a false start. Saturday it was Virginia Tech's Darrell Wesh.
Arkansas won the men's title with 74 points. Oregon was crowned the women's champion with a total of 56 points.
The Tigers are in action next on March 28 at the Texas Relays when they open the outdoor schedule. For the latest on Auburn track and field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter.