April 19, 2008
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Auburn track and field teams added three more first-time regional qualifying marks to an already large list of qualifiers Saturday at the LSU Alumni Gold meet.
Posting regional qualifying marks for the first time were freshmen Cache Armbrister in the 100m and Latoya Parkinson in the 400m hurdles, as well as the men's 4x400m relay team. The Tigers also improved on a number of other qualifying marks.
"I was impressed with the way we lined up today," said head coach Ralph Spry. "We gave great effort, had some new qualifiers and improved on some times. We're getting closer to the SEC Championships, and our top people that we depend on are performing very well, and that will be the key to the rest of the season. We've got most everybody qualified now that we need to get qualified, so we're looking forward to the SEC Championships."
Armbrister finished eighth in the 100m with a time of 11.65, qualifying in her second individual event, as she was already a regional qualifier in the 200m.
Parkinson finished fifth in the 400m hurdles with a season-best time of 1:00.65 to post her first regional qualifying mark. She finished behind teammate Danielle Gilchrist, who improved a pair of regional qualifying marks with impressive performances. GIlchrist won the 400m hurdles with a season-best mark of 58.63, and also finished fifth in the 100m hurdles with a career-best time of 13.44.
Reuben McCoy joined Gilchrist as individual winners for Auburn, as McCoy improved his season-best mark in the 400m hurdles to 50.12.
The women's 4x100m relay team just missed improving its season-best time, placing third with a time of 44.47, just .04 seconds off its season best.
Joanna Atkins finished seventh in the 400m with a time of 53.15, which was only a little behind her freshman record time of 52.94.
The Tigers will split their squad among several competitions next weekend, with several of the top athletes competing at the Penn Relays April 24-26.