March 10, 2012
Nampa, Idaho - Auburn junior Kai Selvon finished seventh in the women's 60-meters and sophomore Keenan Brockplaced eighth in the men's 60-meters at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Jacksons Indoor Track. It was the first finals appearance for either at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Selvon finished in 7.29, while Brock posted a time of 6.65.
"This was one of the best men's 60-meter dash fields in the last several years, so this was a great experience for Keenan as a sophomore to make it into the finals," Auburn head coach Ralph Sprysaid. "We're glad Kai was able to line up tonight. She jammed her hip a little last night off the turn in the 200 prelims, so we weren't sure if she could run in the 60 finals. She gave it a solid effort."
In the team standings, the men finished tied for 35th with six points, while the women tied for 48th with three points. Florida won the men's team title, while Oregon captured the women's team title.
"This was a tough meet and always is," Spry said. "We missed a few opportunities, but we'll use this experience building into outdoors this spring. We have a young team and look forward to a lot of them returning to this meet next year."
Selvon's entered the finals with the fourth fastest seeded time in 7.25, while Brock posted a 6.61 in Friday's prelims. Brock was one of two sophomores in the men's 60 finals with the remaining six participants upperclassmen.
Saenz set a school-record en route to finishing fourth on Friday. Smith finished eighth in the 200 also during the first day of competition. Saenz record throw of 65-10.75 (20.08m) came on his sixth and final throw and broke a seven-year old mark previously held by Edis Elkasevic's64-7.25 set in 2005.
In the women's 200, Smith ran a 23.52 in the finals, two tenths faster than her preliminary time, which seeded her eighth entering the finals.
The Tigers entered the championships with eight competitors, four men and four women. Of the eight only three, all on the women's side are seniors.
Auburn will begin its outdoor season March 23-24 at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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