April 3, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn men's and women's track and field teams completed their first home track meet of the season Saturday, as the Tigers won seven individual events during the Tiger Track Classic.
The Tigers also had four individuals that posted the top collegiate marks in the field, as a number of unattached athletes, including several former Auburn stars, participated in the meet.
"For our first home meet, our second meet of the year, the weather was perfect and really allowed us to take advantage of that and run fast," said head coach Ralph Spry. "We had about 10-12 good schools here, but we ran a lot of real good, fast times today. I'm really pleased with this weekend. All we have to do now is keep working hard and build off this and by the middle of the season we'll feel pretty good about where we are."
Sophomore Marcus Rowland helped provide two highlights, including a victory in the 100-meter dash. His time of 10.03 blew away the field, as the runner-up finished in 10.36 seconds, and moved him ahead of sophomore teammate Harry Adams for the fastest time in the NCAA this year. Adams, who was fifth overall and second among collegiate runners in Saturday's 100 meters, had a time of 10.17 last weekend to lead the nation.
Rowland and Adams also teamed up with juniors Michael DeHaven and Stephen Fly to help Auburn's men's 4x100-meter relay team win with a time of 39.36 seconds that ranks eight best in school history. Only one school had run a faster time prior to this weekend, as Texas A&M had a nation's best 39.35 seconds.
Auburn's women also won the 4x100-meter relay, as the team of senior Shaquela Williams, juniors Joanna Atkins and Sheniqua Ferguson and sophomore Nivea Smith clocked a time of 43.38 seconds that easily beat the previous top time in the nation this year of 43.62, also by Texas A&M. Their time ranks third in school history and missed the Auburn record by just .06 seconds.
Four other Tigers didn't finish first but had the top marks among collegiate athletes. Sophomore Ryan Fleck took second in the high jump with a mark of 2.22 meters (7-3.25), finishing behind only former Tiger and world champion Donald Thomas. Fleck's mark was just half an inch shy of his personal best that placed him second at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
DeHaven was third overall but the top collegian in the men's 200, posting a time of 20.94 seconds. Only seven other NCAA runners had gone under 21 seconds in the 200 meters entering the weekend.
In the women's 400 meters, Armbrister was third overall but first among collegians in 54.55 seconds.
Senior Amelia Anderson finished second in the women's triple jump, posting a personal-best mark of 12.58 meters (41-3.25) that ranks eighth best in school history. She also placed seventh in the women's 100-meter hurdles in 13.71 seconds.
In the men's discus, junior Zach Clayton was fourth overall and second among collegiate athletes with a mark of 53.38 meters (175-1), just hours after competing in the football team's Saturday morning scrimmage.
Junior Krystal Bodie competed in the 100-meter hurdles for the first time for Auburn, placing fifth overall and third among collegians with a time of 13.50 seconds that ranks her seventh in school history. She also placed sixth overall and second among collegians in the 200 meters in 24.48 seconds.
The Tigers will return to competition next Friday and Saturday at the Sun Angel Classic hosted by Arizona State University.