April 6, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas - The Auburn men's and women's track and field teams opened action at the 79th Texas Relays with a light first day Thursday at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Only three members took part in competition Thursday, but that didn't prevent the Tigers from setting a new school record.
Senior Ronda Gullatte broke the school record in the hammer throw by recording a mark of 58.95m (193-5). Gullatte placed fourth in the competition while breaking the previous school record of 191-2 set by Stacy Martin in 2004.
The other two Auburn athletes to compete on Thursday both participated in the prelims of the men's 400m hurdles, and both advanced to Saturday's finals. Freshman Tavaris Washington won the second of eight heats with a time of 51.52 seconds, and sophomore Reuben McCoy followed by winning the third heat in :51.37. McCoy's time ranked fifth fastest out of the 60 runners that raced in the prelims, while Washington's time ranked eighth.
All three athletes that competed for Auburn posted regional qualifying marks. Gullatte had already qualified but improved her previous mark, while McCoy and Washington were both running in their first 400m hurdle races of the season.
Action at the Texas Relays continues through Saturday.