March 30, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas –Auburn high jumpers Maya Pressley, Monica Carney and DJ Smith each enjoyed standout performances on Saturday in the final day of action at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Myers Stadium.
“Maya finished up indoors jumping extremely well, so it’s great for her to keep that going,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “Monica is just getting started as a senior, so this was great for her as well. I’m really happy for DJ, who is bouncing back, to jump 7-3 in his first meet since January. It’s really exciting for all three of them. I’m happy to get the ball rolling across the board thing weekend. It’s a good start for the team before the home meet next weekend.”
Pressley won the ‘A’ section of the women’s high jump with clearance at 6 feet (1.83m) to equal her second-best career outdoor performance. Carney finished fourth after clearing at 5-10.75 (1.80m) to tie her career best.
Jumping for the first time since January, Smith cleared 7-3 on Saturday to place sixth in the men’s high jump. He then missed on three tries at 7-4 to exit the competition that featured Olympic medalists Erik Kynard (Kansas State) and Derek Drouin (Indiana).
The mark is the third-best performance of Smith’s Auburn career and his top outdoor season opener.
A pair of Auburn distance runners competed late in the night at Stanford on Friday night into Saturday morning and came away with career-best performances. Niklas Buhner finished 15th in the 5,000 meters, but set a new personal best mark of 14:07.92.
Teammate Griffin Jaworski broke his previous best in the men’s 10,000 meters by nearly two minutes with his mark of 30:11.61. His previous best was 32:10.86 from the 2012 SEC Outdoor Championships.
Auburn is in action next on April 5-6 when it hosts the Tiger Track Classic at Hutsell-Rosen Track. For the latest on Auburn track and field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter.