March 5, 2013
AUBURN – Four Auburn track and field athletes were accepted for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships scheduled for March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark. at the Tyson Track Center.
Senior sprinters Marcus Rowland and Harry Adams will both compete in the 60 meters, while SEC shot put champion Stephen Saenz will compete for a national title in the event. Additionally, two-time SEC champion Maya Pressley will jump for a title in the women’s high jump.
“I’m really excited for this group,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “Indoors is always extra tough for us, because we have to travel every time we compete. It’s about surviving and staying healthy. I’m really happy with the group we are taking. The good thing about national level meets is that it’s all about quality. We definitely have that going in.
“We are taking three very talented athletes on the men’s side and Maya Pressley on the women’s side. The best part is that I feel each has a chance to be a first team All-American by the time we return. If they compete like we know they are capable, then each has a chance to be a champion.”
A new qualification procedure was introduced for the 2013 season. Gone are automatic qualification standards and instead the top 16 performers in each event qualified for the championships.
2013 marks the fourth-straight season that Adams has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60 meters. Rowland is making his fourth trip to NCAA indoors and his third in the 60 meters. He finished third at the meet in 2010.
Rowland was fourth with his mark of 6.61 from the SEC Indoor Championships, while Adams’ 6.64 from the Auburn Indoor Invitational ranked eighth nationally.
Saenz has qualified in the shot put for the third-straight season. He finished fourth in both 2011 and 2012. The junior posted a top throw of 64 feet, 7.75 inches (19.70m) to win the SEC title. That mark ranks sixth in the NCAA.
Pressley is making her second trip to indoor nationals in the high jump after also qualifying in 2011. The senior set a new indoor personal best with clearance at 6-0.5 at the LSU Last Chance qualifier on March 1. That performance ranked 12th nationally.
Action begins on Friday for Auburn with the high jump and shot put both scheduled to begin at 3:15 p.m. CT. The men’s 60-meter semifinals are Friday at 7:05 p.m. The finals are Saturday at 7:10 p.m.
The meet will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app on Friday, March 8 beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT and Saturday, March 9 beginning at 6 p.m. CT. A full highlight package of the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will air on Sunday, March 17 at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
The Tigers placed 35th on the men’s side in 2012 with six points and finished 48th as a women’s team with three points. The Auburn men have had at least one NCAA Indoor All-American for 15-consecutive seasons under Spry, while the women have had at least one All-American honoree in 13-of-15 seasons, including four straight.
Spry coached Auburn teams have produced 12 NCAA Indoor individual champions. The most recent winner was Sheniqua Ferguson in the women’s 200 meters in 2010.
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