Auburn senior Maya Pressley
April 6, 2013
AUBURN – Senior Maya Pressley posted a new school record in the women’s high jump with a clearance of 6-2 (1.88m) in the final day of competition at the Tiger Track Classic at Hutsell-Rosen Track. Pressley’s mark ranks second in the NCAA and fourth-best in the world and broke Raevan Harris (2007) and Sissy Costner’s (1987) record of 6-1.5.
A total of 16 new personal bests were also set on Saturday including freshman Jessie Johnson, who improved her school record in the women’s pole vault with a clearance at 13-5.25 (4.10m). A pair of facility records were broken in the women’s 3000 meters and the men’s pole vault. Clemson's Natalie Anthony posted a mark of 9:41.41 in the 3000 meters, which was previously set by Auburn’s Holly Knight in 2008 with a time of 9:46.05.
In the pole vault, Georgia Tech's Aaron Unterberger had a clearance at 17-4.5, which ousted Joseph Berry and Spencer McCorkel’s record of 17-2.75.
“We had a really great day today. The weather was fabulous, which really set things up for us,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “The wind was right down the straightaway. Maya Pressley had a really big jump. That’s one of the best jumps in the country and a new school record. Valentina Muzaric had a personal best on shot put, 56 feet. Overall, we had a really good day in terms of what we were trying to accomplish. It’s really early in the year, so we weren’t trying to get too excited. We were trying to get the ball rolling, and if we get off to a good start like we did today we can really build from that. I feel good about how things went. Everyone is pretty much healthy, so we’ll go into Georgia next weekend with a lot of momentum, and if we can build off this weekend then I feel like we’ll be right where we need to be.”
Sophomore Valentina Muzaric set a new personal best to win the women’s shot put with a throw of 56-1.0 (17.09m). In the men’s shot put, junior Marcus Poppenfoose posted his best throw of the season, throwing 59-7.5 (18.17m) to place third.
Popenfoose was also second in the discus with a long throw of 173-03 (52.82m).
Senior Jeremy Hardy set a new personal best in the 100 meters, running in 10.42, while sophomore Joe Fisher also set a new personal record running in 10.82. Senior Kai Selvon was the top collegiate finisher in the women’s 200 meters in 23.37, her first open event of the outdoor season.
Sophomore Griffin Jaworski eclipsed his previous record in the 5000 meter with a time of 14:19.77. Sophomore Andrew Scott (14:57.99) also recorded a career-best in the event.
In the women’s 400 meters, Auburn alum Kerron Stewart posted the fourth fastest time in the world with her 51.83.
The Tigers are in action next on April 13 at the Spec Townes Invitational in Athens, Ga. For the latest on Auburn track and field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter.