March 8, 2007
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -
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Ten Auburn athletes (six men, four women) will compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships March 9-10 in Fayetteville, Ark. The Tigers will have entrants in eight events.
Auburn's Friday competitors for the men are Cory Martin and Jacob Dunkleberger in the weight throw, Ty Akins and Shamar Sands in the 60m hurdles, and Mark Johnson in the pole vault. Donald Thomas will compete in the high jump on Saturday.
Kerron Stewart and Tracy Ann Rowe will run both the 60m and the 200m on Friday for the women, while Raevan Harris will high jump. Michelle Vaughn will triple jump on Saturday afternoon.
Martin is fresh off of a meet and school record-breaking throw at the SEC Championships and is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation in his event. Dunkleberger was the runner-up at the SEC Championships and is currently ranked fourth in the nation. Akins and Sands both automatically qualified for the 60m hurdles and have the second and fourth fastest times in the nation, respectively.
Johnson solidified his spot in nationals at a last chance meet, and his mark is 12th in the nation. Thomas is ranked second in the nation in the high jump after breaking the school record and automatically qualifying at the Diet Pepsi Invitational on Jan. 27th.
Stewart ran the fastest times in the nation to date in the 60m and the 200m two weeks ago at the SEC Championships, winning titles in both events. Rowe holds the tenth-fastest times in the nation in both events, which she ran at the Tyson Invitational Feb. 9-10.
Harris posted an automatic qualifier at the LSU Invitational last weekend, and her mark is the ninth-best qualifying jump. Vaughn won her second SEC title in the triple jump two weeks ago and will enter the NCAA Championships with the sixth-best qualifying jump.
The meet begins Friday morning at 9 a.m., and Saturday's action begins at 11 a.m. The meet will be streamed online at www.espn360.com both days. Coverage will run 2:30-9 p.m. Friday, and 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday. Live results are also available at www.ladybacks.com.