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Track Records 16 Personal Bests on Saturday at War Eagle Invite
Niklas Buhner

April 20, 2013

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AUBURN - No. 7/19 Auburn track and field recorded 16 personal bests on Saturday in the final day of action at the 2013 War Eagle Invitational at Hutsell-Rosen Track.

"Overall, I'm really pleased across the board," Auburn track and field head coach Ralph Spry said. "We had some good things happen in all the event areas. I'm pretty happy with our performances this weekend. This time of the year staying healthy is very important. We are getting ready to peak as we head into SECs. We were able to do that, so that is a big positive."

Jason Miller scored a win in the men's 1500m with his new personal best of 3:59.84. Teammate Andrew Scott was second in 4:02.46. Taylor Duncan set a new PR and finished fourth in the women's invitational 1500m in 4:36.98.

In the men's invitational 1500 meters, Niklas Buhner picked up the victory with a new personal best time of 3:45.50. Kane Grimster was second in 3:49.27 and Jeff Sanders was fourth in 3:54.07.

Fellow distance runner Francis Hernandez (1:54.29) set a new personal best of his own in the men's 800 meters. Thrower Marcus Popenfoose placed third in the discus (168-0/51.22m) and fourth in the shot put (57-11/17.65m).

Sophomore jumper Siobhan Ford-Holland established an all-conditions personal best of 18-3 (5.56m) in the women's long jump. She finished in seventh overall. In the triple jump, Ford-Holland jumped 40-10.25 (12.45m) to place third with a 3.6 tail wind.

Running the 100-meter hurdles for only the second time in her collegiate career, V'Alonee Robinson set  a new PR with her mark of 13.74 seconds. She finished fourth overall.

Harry Adams recorded the fastest preliminary mark in the men's 100 meters with his 10.29, but he exited the final with a false start. Keenan Brock was second in the prelims with a 10.51 and first in the finals in 10.47.

Marcus Rowland ran 10.62 in the prelims and 10.63 in the finals to place 5th and 4th, respectively. Sophomore Joe Fisher set new personal bests in both the 100 and 200 meters on Saturday. In the men's 100 meters, Fisher posted the sixth-fastest preliminary mark of 10.66 seconds. Then, in the 200 meters, he completed his race in 21.95, a new all-conditions best.

Brock was fourth in the 200 meters in 21.43, while Jeremy Hardy was fifth in 21.51.

In her first 100 meters of the season, senior Kai Selvon was third in the prelims in 11.62.

Freshman Jessie Johnson was third in the women's pole vault and she cleared a top bar of 12-8.25 (3.87m). Teammate Larissa Debich finished fourth in the event with her clearance at 12-2.5 (3.72m), to set a new outdoor personal best.

The women's 4x400m relay team finished second overall with a new season best mark of 3:47.13 from the team of Deon Phillips, Gabriela Cumberbatch, Allison Richmond and Samantha Berggren.

In the men's high jump, junior DJ Smith placed fourth with a top jump of 7-2.25 (2.19m). Maya Pressley was third in the women's event (6-0.5/1.84m) and Monica Carney was fifth (5-9.25/1.76m).

The next action for Auburn begins on Thursday when the Tigers split the squad again to travel to the Penn Relays, UCSD Triton Invitational and the Samford Invitational. For the latest on Auburn track and field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter.



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