April 8, 2011
AUBURN - Auburn track and field athletes won three field events during the opening day of competition at the Seminole Invitational hosted by Florida State Friday. The opening day featured a limited number of events, but did not prevent the Tigers from having several youngsters with strong performances.
Auburn had the top two finishers in the women's high jump, with sophomore Maya Pressley winning the event by equaling her career best with a jump of 1.83 meters (6-0). Junior Monica Carney was second with a mark of 1.70 meters (5-7).
In the men's high jump, freshman DJ Smith finished first with a mark of 2.05 meters (6-8.75). He and Coastal Carolina's Jacques Watson both cleared that height, but Smith earned the victory with fewer misses, having not missed up through that bar.
Another freshman, Marcus Popenfoose, won the men's discus, with a throw of 50.74 meters (166-6). Freshman Victoria Nwadiogbu was fifth in the women's discus with a mark of 37.28 meters (122-4).
Sophomore Tyler Kennedy was sixth overall and fifth among collegiate athletes in the men's javelin with an effort of 58.54 meters (192-1).
In the only race involving Auburn athletes Friday night, senior Holly Knight posted the fourth-best mark in the 3,000 meters in school outdoor history, clocking a time of 9:25.01 in a mixed event that included both male and female runners.
The Tigers will wrap up competition at the Seminole Invitational on Saturday.