June 8, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. – Senior high jumper Maya Pressley and the Auburn men’s 4x100m relay both finished in third place on the final day of action at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field.
“It’s been a tough year with the sprinters and keeping everyone healthy,” Auburn track and field head coach Ralph Spry said. “I knew if we were healthy, then we would be in the mix to win it. We didn’t get off to a great start and weren’t able to come from behind and came up just short.
“I’m really proud of Maya and how she performed. She’s had an outstanding career as an Auburn Tiger and for her to go out in third place is a great accomplishment. Kai ran tough in a really tough 200 meters to get us on the board. Lane eight is always tough and she ran a good race. Valentina probably didn’t throw as well as she would’ve liked, but she had a great first year at Auburn and I’m looking forward to big things out of her in the future.”
Pressley was perfect through the first four bars of the high jump competition before finally missing an attempt at 6-1.25 (1.86m). The Florida native cleared the bar on her next attempt and was one of four athletes to attempt what would have been an improvement to her personal best and Auburn record at 6-2.25 (1.89m) before exiting.
She finished third overall and scored six points with the performance. Olympian Brigetta Barrett from Arizona was the champion with clearance at 6-4.75 (1.95m).
Pressley’s third-place finish is her best career performance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She was fourth at the indoor meet.
In the men’s 4x100m relay, Auburn finished third overall in a seasonal best 38.69 seconds with the lineup of Jeremy Hardy, Harry Adams, Marcus Rowland and Keenan Brock. The Tigers finished narrowly behind Florida (38.53) and Alabama (38.54) to score six points for the men.
The mark equals the third-fastest performance in program history, a time recorded during a third-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Senior sprinter Kai Selvon capped her All-American career by finishing sixth in the women’s 200 meters in 22.65w. With a tail wind of 3.5 meters per second, Selvon’s mark is a new all conditions personal best improving her 22.66w from last season’s championship race and giving the Auburn women three team points.
Sophomore Valentina Muzaric recorded a top throw of 55-3.75 (16.86m) to place seventh overall in the women’s shot put. The performance chipped in two points for the Tigers as she improved from a 14th-place finish as a freshman at Virginia Tech.
The Auburn women finished in 23rd place overall with 11 points, while the men were 37th with six points. The women have now finished in the top 25 in the country in 13-straight seasons.
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