April 27, 2013
PHILADELPHIA – Auburn track and field closed out action at the 119th Penn Relays with a pair of top performances on Saturday at historic Franklin Field.
The Auburn men recorded a season-best mark of 39.94 to place third overall in the men’s college 4x100m Championship of America. The mark is good enough for 11th in the east and should qualify the Tigers for the first round of NCAA competition next month.
Auburn was without senior Marcus Rowland in the relay, using the lineup of Jeremy Hardy to Harry Adams to Joe Fisher to anchor Keenan Brock.
In the men’s high jump, junior DJ Smith placed third overall with a strong clearance at 7-2.5 (2.20m). After passing 2.23m, Smith narrowly missed three times at 7-5 (2.26m), which would have been a new personal best for the Atlanta native.
After running the 4x100m relay, Hardy came back in the finals of the men’s 100 meters to place fifth overall in 10.55 behind first-place Ameer Webb (10.24) of Texas A&M.
In addition to the athletes competing collegiately, several athletes with Auburn ties were also on the track competing for their home countries. In the USA vs. The World women’s 4x100m relay, three former Tigers were in action for Bahamas and Jamaica.
Three-time Olympian Kerron Stewart ran a blistering second leg for Jamaica and helped her home nation to the win in 42.42. Also in that event were two legs for Bahamas in former Auburn track athletes Sheniqua Ferguson and Nivea Smith. The Bahamian team finished sixth in 43.90.
In the men’s USA vs. The World 4x100m race, Auburn signee Teray Smith ran the third leg and helped Bahamas to a sixth-place finish in 39.49.
The other Auburn athlete in the competition was former NCAA champion Joanna Atkins running for the USA Blue team that placed fourth in 3:26.46.
Auburn is now off next weekend before competing at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Columbia, Missouri May 9-12. For the latest on Auburn track and field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter.