Auburn Track And Field To Compete At NCAA Indoor Championships


March 13, 2008

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Auburn men's and women's track and field teams will have six athletes competing at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.

Representing the men's team will be seniors Ty Akins (60m hurdles), Jacob Dunkleberger (weight throw), Reuben McCoy (400m) and sophomore Eric Werskey (shot put). The women's squad will be represented by freshman Joanna Atkins (400m) and junior Raevan Harris (high jump).

"Our goal for this weekend is to come home with six All-Americans," said head coach Ralph Spry. "We don't have a large number of athletes competing, but several of those that are here are ranked pretty high. If our kids do what they can do, our men could crack the top 10 and the women could finish in the top 25. That would be a good way to finish the indoor season and give us some momentum heading in to the outdoor season."

Auburn has had eight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Indoor Championships under Spry, including a men's runner-up finish in 2003 and fifth-place finishes for both the men's and women's teams last season. Spry has also coached athletes to 11 individual national championships and 84 All-American honors at the indoor championships.

Two athletes competing for Auburn at this year's meet have earned indoor All-American honors in the past, including Dunkleberger in the weight throw in 2006 and 2007, and Akins as part of the 2005 4x400m relay team. Both athletes have also won individual outdoor national championships, as Akins won the 110m hurdles and Dunkleberger claimed the hammer throw title at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Akins enters the meet as Auburn's highest-ranked competitor, owning the nation's second-fastest time in the 60m hurdles. The SEC champion in the hurdles owns a top time of 7.68 seconds, which is just .01 seconds behind NCAA leader Jangy Addy of Tennessee.

Dunkleberger is ranked fourth in the weight throw this year after placing fifth at the 2007 indoor championships. He has won all three competitions in which he has competed this year, including the SEC Indoor Championships, and owns a top mark this season of 21.87m (71-9).

Atkins is the next highest-ranked competitor, ranking eighth in the women's 400m with a time of 52.95. Her time ranks her second in school history. In the men's 400m, Reuben McCoy sprinted to a time of 46.61 last weekend to move up into a tie for ninth in the field.

Harris is tied for ninth in the women's high jump field with a season-best mark of 1.82m (5-11.5) and will be competing in her third career NCAA Championship event. Werskey just made the shot put field, ranking 14th out of 15 competitors with a season-best throw of 18.52m (60-9.25).

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