April 26, 2013
PHILADELPHIA – Auburn’s highly-touted 4x100m relay team and senior sprinter Jeremy Hardy each advanced to their respective finals on Friday at the 119th Penn Relays at historic Franklin Field.
The top-seeded Tigers ran their ‘A’ team of Jeremy Hardy, Harry Adams, Marcus Rowland and Keenan Brock for the first time in 2013 to win the opening heat of the men’s 4x100m relay qualifying in 40.46. The mark was the fourth-fastest overall in the competition, but just the second from a NCAA institution following LSU (39.68).
The mark advances the Tigers to the final on Saturday afternoon as they attempt to defend their 2012 title.
Siobhan Ford-Holland (38-10.25/11.84m) and Nicole Charley (38-5/11.71m) placed 17th and 19th, respectively, in the women’s triple jump.
Hardy bounced back after running in the relay to advance to the finals of the men’s 100 meters with his mark of 10.55. That time was third in his heat, but sixth overall to send him through to the championship race. Teammate Joe Fisher was sixth in the heat in 10.76 and did not advance.
Junior V'Alonee Robinson finished 14th in the women’s 100 meters in 11.79.
Additionally, freshman Daina Levy improved upon her Auburn record in the women’s hammer throw at the UCSD Triton Invitational in San Diego. Levy recorded a top throw of 199-10 (60.92m) to place seventh overall in the elite event.
Levy now owns the top two marks in Auburn history and three of the top five overall.
Teammates Tori Nwadiogbu (178-1/54.28m) and Anna McCloskey (147-11/45.09) came up just short of their personal bests.
Action at Penn continues for Auburn tomorrow with the 4x100m Championship of America at 12:25 p.m. CT and the men’s high jump at 12:30 p.m. CT. NBC will televise the competition from 12-2 p.m. CT.
Additionally, a contingent of current, future and former Auburn athletes is expected to compete for their countries during the USA vs. National portion of the meet on Saturday afternoon.
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