Auburn Visits Atlanta for the Yellow Jacket Invitational
Danielle Gilchrist

March 27, 2008


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The Auburn men's and women's track and field teams will travel to Atlanta to compete Saturday in the Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Georgia Tech. For all but six women who competed last weekend, it will mark the open to the outdoor season for the Tigers, who are ranked No. 9 in the men's rankings and 17th in the women's rankings.

Competition begins Friday with the hammer throw only, but the Tigers will not have anyone competing in that event. On Saturday, field events begin at 10:30 a.m. ET with the shot put and javelin, and running events start at 11:30 a.m.

"We're excited to get back in action," said head coach Ralph Spry. "After the indoor nationals we took a little down time during Spring Break to make the transition from indoors to outdoors. Most of our kids are going to run this weekend in some type of race, and our goal is just to break the ice and get back into competition mode. We're taking a big squad and we're not really concerned with how fast we run, but rather just getting back on track and being competitive."

Auburn will attempt to add to the three regional qualifying marks that were set by the six women who opened Auburn's outdoor season last Saturday at the UTech Track & Field Classic. Freshman Joanna Atkins won the 100m dash with a time of 11.43 to meet the regional standard, as did sophomore Danielle Gilchrist, who was second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.49. Junior Amelia Anderson also made the cut, finishing second in the long jump with a leap of 6.22m (20-5).

At last year's Yellow Jacket Invitational, Auburn won three events while recording new or improved regional qualifying marks in four events. Tracy Ann Rowe won the women's 200m dash with a time of 23.29 seconds, while Amelia Anderson won the 400m hurdles with a provisional qualifying time of 1:00.73. The women's 4x100m relay team of Danielle Gilchrist, Shaquela Williams, Rowe and Kerron Stewart raced to a first-place time of 44.72 for Auburn's third victory.

Michelle Vaughn met the regional qualifying mark in the triple jump, finishing fourth overall and first among collegians with a leap of 12.69m (41-7.75). Danielle Gilchrist improved on her regional qualifying time in the women's 100m hurdles, finishing fourth with a time of 13.76.

In the men's 110m hurdles, Ty Akins was third overall but first among collegians, improving his regional qualifying time with a mark of 13.96 seconds. Felix Kiboiywo placed third in the men's 800m, clocking a time of 1:49.84.

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