May 24, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three Auburn track and field athletes punched their tickets to Eugene, Oregon for the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with solid performances on Friday at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Aggie Stadium.
“We had some highs and some lows today,” Auburn track and field head coach Ralph Spry said. “Maya Pressley dealt with conditions with the wind in her face, but she persevered and advanced. Daina Levy had three throws better than her PR. She had a great SEC and continued here. Popenfoose did a great job as well to advance. Kai had a tough break in the 100, but ran a great 200 meters. We really missed some opportunities with men’s sprints, but have to regroup and come back in the 4x1 tomorrow.”
In the women’s hammer throw, freshman Daina Levy finished third overall with a personal best mark of 207-3 (62.51m). The mark improves upon her Auburn program record and gives the Jamaican international five of the top seven performances in school history.
In her series of six throws, she recorded three throws better than her previous personal best of 199-10 (60.92m) set at the UCSD Triton Invitational in April.
Marcus Popenfoose punched his ticket in the men’s shot put with a top throw of 59-11 (18.26m) on his sixth throw in the finals. He finished 10th overall and will make the trip to the NCAA Championships for the second time in his career, but the first time since 2011 when he qualified in the shot put and discus.
In the women’s high jump, Maya Pressley secured her fourth trip to the championship meet with her performance on Friday. The two-time SEC champion cleared 5-11.25 (1.81m) to tie for fifth and advance. Teammate Monica Carney cleared 5-9.75 (1.77m), but missed three times at 1.81m to exit the competition in 16th place.
After false starting in the 100 meters, senior Kai Selvon came back to win her heat in the 200 meters and advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal race.
The men’s sprints came up short of a semifinalist in both the 100 and 200 meters. Harry Adams finished fifth in his 100-meter heat in 10.41 and did not finish his 200-meter race. Both Jeremy Hardy (10.37, fifth place) and Keenan Brock (10.63, seventh place) also missed a solo trip to Eugene.
Tyler Kennedy finished in 30th place in the men’s javelin with a long throw of 203-7 (62.06m). Ranked 48th entering the event, his performance was an improvement of 18 positions. Freshman Jessie Johnson finished 38th in the women’s pole vault after clearing at 12-7.5 (3.85m).
Auburn’s action picks up on Saturday with the women’s shot put at 4:30 p.m. CT. For the latest on Auburn track and field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter.