April 28, 2006
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -
Jovanee Jarrett's personal-best mark in the triple jump highlighted the second day of action at the Penn Relays for the Auburn men's and women's track and field teams Friday at Franklin Field.
Jarrett placed second in the college women's triple jump with a leap of 12.81m (42-0.5), which ranks her fifth in Auburn outdoor history. Jarrett posted a regional qualifying mark on her first attempt before passing on her last five. She actually tied for first with April Williams of Toledo, but since the tiebreaker is the next best mark and Jarrett had no other marks, Williams was awarded first place.
It was the second second-place finish for Jarrett this weekend, as she was runner-up Thursday in the college women's long jump championship event with a season-best mark of 6.28m (20-7.25).
"Jovanee's jump was big because she was struggling earlier this season," said head coach Ralph Spry. "Now she can go to the SECs with a lot of confidence."
Reuben McCoy placed fifth in the college men's 400m hurdles championship event in the morning's first race. McCoy posted a time of :51.08, but did not improve his regional qualifying mark of :50.16. Tavaris Washington also ran in the 400m hurdles, finishing 27th with a time of :52.83, which was short of his previous regional qualifying mark of :51.52.
Katalin Mate and Ronda Gullatte competed in the college women's discus championship event, where Mate finished eighth and Gullatte ninth. Mate had a mark of 50.14m (164-6), which was shy of her regional qualifying mark, while Gullatte had a season-best throw of 49.89m (163-8), improving her previous regional qualifying mark of 49.40m (162-1).
In the 100m hurdles, Josanne Lucas
posted the third-fastest time in the prelims, clocking a time of 13.34 seconds. The time was not a season best for Lucas, but did easily advance her into Saturday's final.
Auburn had a pair of competitors in the men's 110m hurdles prelims, but neither advanced to the finals. Ty Akins was nearly a half second behind his personal best and finished 12th with a time of :14.22. Shamar Sands, in his first race of the outdoor season, fell midway through the race, but did get up and finish.
The men's 4x100m relay team of Jamaal Barnes, McCoy, Washington and Akins finished third in its heat and 11th overall in the prelims with a time of :40.81. While the top eight squads advance to the championship event final, the Tigers are part of the next group of eight that will compete in Saturday's college final.
"We got a little work done today," added Spry. "Reuben ran solid this morning and the 4x100 group ran well. We've got two big relays tomorrow and that should be exciting. Then we can get ready and focus on the SECs."
Action at the Penn Relays will conclude Saturday, April 29.