June 5, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - The Auburn men's 4x100m Relay team ran the day's fastest semifinal time to earn the top seed in Saturday's final on day one of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field.
"We've had an up and down year with the sprint group, but fortunately they have a shot to go out on top after running well today," Auburn track and field head coach Ralph Spry said. "Anytime you are the fastest qualifier, you send a message, so I feel good about the finals."
The Tigers recorded a mark of 38.76, the second-fastest time in the nation this year, using the top lineup of Jeremy Hardy, Harry Adams, Marcus Rowland and Keenan Brock. The mark was narrowly ahead of Florida (38.77) and stands as the fourth-fastest mark in Auburn history.
Marcus Popenfoose finished in 16th place in the men's shot put with a top throw of 59-3 (18.06m). The junior fouled on his first throw, then recorded a mark of 56-8 (17.27m) on his second before improving on his final attempt to 59-3.
Freshman Daina Levy placed 14th in the women's hammer throw at her first career NCAA Outdoor Championship meet. The Jamaican international recorded a top throw of 201-2 (60.01m), her second career throw over 200 feet and the second-best throw in program history.
Auburn's lone event on Thursday is Kai Selvon in the women's 200 meter semifinals at 6 p.m. CT. For the latest on Auburn track and field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter.