March 29, 2006
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Auburn Continues Outdoor Season At Georgia Tech
The Auburn track and field teams will head to Atlanta for the Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Georgia Tech at the George C. Griffin Track Saturday, April 1. Field events begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET, with running events scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
Teams scheduled to compete include: Auburn (M/W), Clemson (M/W), Georgetown (M/W), Georgia (M/W), Georgia State (M/W), Georgia Tech (M/W), Kentucky (M/W), Michigan (M/W), Middle Tennessee State (M/W), Tennessee (M), Tulane (W) and Wake Forest (M/W).
While most of the Tigers will be competing at Georgia Tech, three Auburn distance runners will compete at the Stanford Invitational late Friday night, March 31. Angela Homan and Andrew Heath will compete in the women's and men's 10,000m races, respectively, while Jordan Davis will run in the men's 5000m.
Last Year At The Yellow Jacket Invitational
Auburn won three event titles and posted nine regional qualifying marks at the 2005 Yellow Jacket Invitational. Sherridan Kirk won the 800m and ran on the winning 4x400m relay team, while Andrew Heath won the 3000m steeplechase. Edis Elkasevic posted regional qualifying marks in both the shot put and discus, Damion Barry was second in the 400m and Colton Hodge was fourth in the hammer while both also regionally qualified. Ty Akins and Reuben McCoy both qualified in the 110m hurdles. The women had three qualifiers, including Angela Homan, who finished second in the 3000m, Ronda Gullatte, who placed third in the hammer, and Josanne Lucas, who was fourth in the 100m hurdles.
Follow the Tigers on the Web
Live results from the Yellow Jacket Invitational can be found at www.deltatiming.com. Information on the Yellow Jacket Invitational Invitational can be found on the Georgia Tech athletic department's website: www.ramblinwreck.com. Results and a recap of Auburn's performances, as well as information on the Auburn track program, can be found after every meet on the Auburn athletic department's website: www.auburntigers.com.
Recapping The Springtime Invitational
The Auburn women's team won nine individual events and posted three regional qualifying marks during last Saturday's Springtime Invitational. Those meeting the regional qualifying standards included Imani White, who won the long jump with a leap of 6.31m (20-8.5), Katalin Mate, who won the shot put with a throw of 14.46m (47-5.25) and Ronda Gullatte, who won the hammer throw with a mark of 57.36m (188-2). Other field event winners included Amelia Anderson in the triple jump and Michelle Williamson in the high jump, while on the track, Markita James won the 200m, Willette Miller won the 800m, Josanne Lucas won the 100m hurdles and Jasmine Johnson won the 400m hurdles.
The men's squad held out some of its top competitors, but still finished with three victories and two regional qualifying marks. Ty Akins won the 110m hurdles with a regional qualifying time of 14.02 seconds. The 4x100m relay team also met the regional qualifying standard, posting a winning time of 40.61 seconds, while Drew Lovette won the pole vault with a height of 4.75m (15-7). Clay Askew had a pair of second-place finishes, coming in the 1500m (4:00.33) and the 3000m (8:59.23), while the 4x400m relay team also finished second.
It`s Been A While
Saturday's Springtime Invitational was the first home meet for Auburn since 2003. The new Hutsell-Rosen track will host two meets this season, as the Tigers will also host the Auburn Invitational April 22. Auburn's newly completed track features a BSS 2000 track surface from Beynon Sports Surfaces and is Class I IAAF certified.
Auburn Athletes Rank in the World
Two members of the Auburn men's team are ranked in the world according to the March 27 IAAF rankings. Edis Elkasevic is ranked 17th in the shot put and Lansford Spence is ranked 26th in the 400m.