Auburn Track And Field Teams Set For Meyo Invitational This Weekend


Feb. 7, 2008

AUBURN, Ala. -

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The Auburn men's and women's track and field teams will be back in action when the Tigers participate in the Meyo Invitational Friday and Saturday (Feb. 8-9) in South Bend, Ind. Hosted by Notre Dame, the Meyo Invitational is one of the premier indoor track and field meets of the season.

On Friday, competition begins at 5 p.m. and continues until close to 10 p.m., while Saturday's action starts at 9:30 a.m. ET and concludes a little before 5 p.m. Fans can watch video of the events by visiting the following website:

"This weekend and next weekend is really the meat and potatoes of our season," said head coach Ralph Spry. "We will be competing at two very good facilities and hope to take advantage of that to record some fast times and get some more national qualifiers. We rested our athletes last weekend and are looking to get good performances out of everyone this weekend. It's a very competitive meet and we're really looking forward to it."

It will be third weekend of competition for Auburn during the indoor season, with just one more weekend of competition remaining prior to the SEC Indoor Championships Feb. 29-March 2 in Fayetteville, Ark.

This will be the first time Auburn has sent a large squad to the Meyo Invitational, although it's not the first time the Tigers have traveled to the state of Indiana for an indoor meet. Last year, Auburn competed at the Indiana Relays, and the Tigers have also sent selected athletes in the past to the Meyo Invitational and Alex Wilson Last Chance Qualifier.

Auburn will be looking to add to its list of six athletes that have qualified so far for the NCAA Indoor Championships, including a pair of automatic qualifiers. The automatic qualifiers are Ty Akins, who ranks first nationally in the 60m hurdles, and Jacob Dunkleberger, who is second in the hammer throw. The provisional qualifiers include Joanna Atkins (400m), Reuben McCoy (400m), Tracy Ann Rowe (60m) and Eric Werskey (shot put).

The Auburn men are currently ranked 14th nationally in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's top 25 rankings, while the women have yet to crack the top 25.