Senior Angela Homan
April 1, 2006
ATLANTA, Ga./STANFORD, Calif. - The Auburn men's and women's track and field teams set three school records over the weekend, as most of the Tigers took part in the Yellow Jacket Invitational Saturday, while three distance runners competed late Friday night at the Stanford Invitational. At Georgia Tech, the Tigers won three events and met or improved on 10 regional qualifying marks, while one automatic qualifying mark and one regional qualifying mark were set at Stanford.
Friday night at Stanford, long-standing school records in both the men's and women's 10,000m were broken. Angela Homan set the women's mark with a time of 33:25.40 while finishing ninth and automatically qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Homan broke the old school record of 33:26.91 set by Rachel Sauder in 1996.
Andrew Heath set the new men's record with a mark of 28:55.48, just breaking the previous record of 28:55.54 set by Terry Baker in 1977. Heath, who finished 17th in the race, just missed the NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 28:45.00, but did easily meet the regional qualifying standard. Jordan Davis was the other Tiger competing at Stanford, finishing 24th in the 5000m with a time of 14:14.80.
At Georgia Tech, Markita James set a new school record in the 400m hurdles, racing to victory in 55.40 seconds, finishing more than four seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. James broke the old school record of 55.59 seconds set last year by Josanne Lucas. Jasmine Johnson was third, regionally qualifying with a time of 1:00.05.
"We had some big-time performances," said head coach Ralph Spry. "The two records set at Stanford really gave us a jump-start to the weekend. That was an incredible race for Andy, and of course Angela automatically qualified. At Georgia Tech, we had another record-breaking performance from Markita James and Josanne Lucas had a good race. Ty Akins ran well, as did Reuben McCoy. It was a good competition and we're competing well. Things are right where they should be right now. I'm excited to compete again next week."
Lucas won the 100m hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.28 seconds, which easily met the regional qualifying standard of :13.92 and moved her up to fourth on Auburn's all-time outdoor list. Johnson was ninth in :14.30.
James also teamed with Kerron Stewart, Tamara Thomas and Jovanee Jarrett to win the 4x100m relay, posting the third-best time in Auburn history while regionally qualifying with a mark of 43.77 seconds.
In the 200m, Thomas and Lucas both regionally qualified. Thomas was second in 23.52 seconds, which ranks her eighth in Auburn outdoor history, while Lucas was fourth in 23.73 seconds. Willette Miller placed sixth in the 800m with a time of 2:15.60.
Ronda Gullatte regionally qualified in two events, finishing second in the hammer throw with a throw of 56.23m (184-6), although she did not improve last week's mark in that event, and placing fourth in the discus with a mark of 49.00m (160-9). In the long jump, Jarrett finished third with a leap of 5.84m (19-2), while Imani White placed sixth with a mark of 5.73m (18-9.75).
In the women's high jump, Michelle Williamson regionally qualified and cracked Auburn's all-time top 10 with a fourth-place finish, clearing 1.75m (5-8.75). Williamson now ranks ninth in Auburn outdoor history. Raevan Harris placed sixth with a mark of 1.70m (5-7). Katalin Mate finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 13.86m (45-5.75)
For the men at Georgia Tech, Ty Akins finished second in the 110m hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.79 seconds, which ranks fourth in Auburn outdoor history and improved his regional qualifying time. Reuben McCoy was also a second-place finisher, regionally qualifying in the 400m with a time of 46.48 seconds.
Drew Lovette finished fourth in the pole vault for Auburn, clearing 4.75m (15-7).
Auburn will compete next weekend at both the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, and the Seminole Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla.