May 25, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Two more Auburn individuals and a relay secured passage to Eugene, Oregon in two weeks with performances on the final day of the NCAA East Preliminary Round at Aggie Stadium.
"We missed some big opportunities this weekend, but we finished strongly," Auburn track and field head coach Ralph Spry said. "It was big for the 4x1 and Kai to get through to finish on a strong note. Valentina did great today and she's been really consistent all season. We aren't taking a lot of numbers, but all the athletes making the trip will be in the mix to score."
Sophomore thrower Valentina Muzaric advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championship meet for the second time in two years with her second-place performance on Saturday. The native Croatian recorded a top throw of 57-5.75 (17.52m).
The throw establishes a new personal best for Muzaric and gives her the top six throws in Auburn history. The mark also eclipses the IAAF 'B' standard for this summer's World Championships in Moscow.
Kai Selvon earned her spot at the NCAA Championships with a second-place finish in her 200-meter heat. The senior from Trinidad & Tobago finished in a seasonal best 23.10 and will make her fourth trip in four years.
In the men's 4x100m relay, Auburn advanced to Eugene with a third place finish in the third heat. The Tigers recorded a time of 39.68 seconds behind LSU (39.19) and Tennessee (39.58). Auburn ran without senior Harry Adams who was ineligible due to not finishing his 200-meter race on Friday.
Sophomore Siobhan Ford-Holland recorded a top jump of 38-8.75 (11.80m) in the women's triple jump to place ninth in her flight and 40th overall. Junior DJ Smith cleared 2.05, but was eliminated in the men's high jump after missing three times at 2.10m.
With the conclusion of Auburn's competition in Greensboro, Auburn will take five individual athletes and one relay to Hayward Field for the championship meet. The group will consist of Maya Pressley (high jump), Daina Levy (hammer throw), Muzaric (shot put) and Selvon (200m) for the women and on the men's side Marcus Popenfoose (shot put) and the 4x100m relay.
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