March 24, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn men's and women's track and field teams opened the 2007 outdoor season by recording seven regional qualifying times Saturday at the Springtime Invitational at Hutsell-Rosen Track. The Tigers, who rested many of their top competitors after a long indoor season, still managed to win four event titles.
"This was our first outdoor meet and we wanted to get the ball rolling," said head coach Ralph Spry. "A lot of our key people didn't compete tonight but we still had a lot of regional marks, which is pretty solid for our first meet. I feel pretty good about our opener. I saw a lot of good people competing and a lot of people fight, so I feel pretty good about where we are heading into Georgia Tech next week and our next home meet the following weekend. We'll get our key people back then and really start getting ready to race."
Tracy Ann Rowe easily won the women's 200m by more than seventh tenths of a second, blazing to a time of 23.28, which is a regional qualifying mark and ranks tied for fourth best in Auburn history. No other runner in the field of 46 was under 24 seconds.
Rowe also helped the women's 4x100m relay team to a win with a time of 44.33, which easily met the regional qualifying standard. The team of Amelia Anderson, Rowe, Shaquela Williams and Kerron Stewart posted the eighth-fastest time in school history.
In the women's 100m hurdles, freshman Danielle Gilchrist finished first among collegians and second overall with a regional qualifying mark of 13.89 seconds. She was just .09 seconds behind Christine Spence, an unattached athlete.
also finished first among collegians and second overall in the men's 110m hurdles. Akins' time of 14.04 seconds was also a regional qualifying mark and trailed only Brandon Hon, who finished in :13.74.
Felix Kiboiywo was another regional qualifier who finished fourth overall, clocking a time of 1:49.37 in the men's 800m, which ranks him eighth in Auburn history. Kiboiywo also finished second in the 3000m with a time of 8:25.44, while Chase Oliver was fourth in 8:40.32.
Michelle Williamson and Raevan Harris both met the regional qualifying standard in the women's high jump, finishing third and fifth, respectively, with marks of 1.75m (5-8.75). Harris' mark was an outdoor personal best and ranks her 10th in Auburn history.
Jasmine Johnson won the women's 400m hurdles, just missing the regional qualifying mark by .03 with a winning time of 1:00.85. Teammate Amelia Anderson was second with a time of 1:01.19.
Luke Gaines was Auburn's other individual champion, winning the men's javelin competition with a mark of 58.63m (192-4).
Laurel Pritchard finished second in the women's 3000m, posting a mark of 10:13.32, while Sabrina Fischer was fourth in 10:26.41. Jessica Smith finished third in the women's 800m with a time of 2:13.60.
In the men's 400m, Reuben McCoy was fourth overall and second among collegians, clocking a time of 47.38 seconds, just .18 seconds off the regional qualifying standard. McCoy also finished fifth in the 200m with a time of 21.60.
The Tiger women were third in the 4x400m relay, as the team of Anderson, Johnson, Williams and Gilchrist clocked a time of 3:45.18.
Joey Giattino finished third in the 1500m with a time of 3:54.65, and Luke Robinson was fourth in the high jump with a mark of 2.02m (6-7.5).
In the men's 4x100m relay, the team of Hailey Foster, McCoy, Gregory Rogers and Ty Akins finished fifth with a mark of 41.18 seconds.
Jhak Keegan finished sixth in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 54.20. In the men's 100m dash, Foster was eighth in 10.77 seconds, while in the women's 100m dash, Williams was ninth in :12.14.
The Tigers will return to action next Saturday, March 31, when Auburn competes at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta, Ga.