March 29, 2012
Meet Notes | Live Results: Texas Relays | UNF Invitational
AUBURN – Auburn’s pair of ranked track and field teams will compete in a two different locations this weekend with seven men heading to Austin, Texas for the 85th Texas Relays and a larger group trekking to Jacksonville, Fla. for the Best Western/UNF Invitational.
Auburn sprinters will take part in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays in Austin, as well as one individual in the 100 meter dash. Additionally, throwers Stephen Saenz and Marcus Popenfoose will compete in the shot put and discus.
The Tigers that are in Texas will open competition on Friday morning. Events continue through Sunday.
“We used to go to the Texas Relays all the time,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “It’s a very, very elite meet. It has the best of the best in terms of talent. If you can come to Texas and do well, it gives you a great measuring stick as to where you are at this time of the year. It’s also a great recruiting tool for us. We recruit a lot in the Midwest. The guys we brought, I think we will do very well. I’m looking for good results even though its early.
“It’s also good for Stephen Saenz because he is from Texas. He has a big support base out there, so we are glad to give him an opportunity to compete in front of his family.”
Junior Jeremy Hardy
will run the 100 meters, while the quartet of Keenan Brock
, Marcus Rowland
, Harry Adams
and Michael DeHaven
will compete in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays.
The larger group of Tigers will open competition in Jacksonville, Fla. at the UNF Invitational on Friday morning. Competing for the first time outdoors in 2012 will be former NCAA qualifiers Monica Carney, Maya Pressley, CeCe Williams and Nivea Smith.
Auburn is using this meet to get acquainted with a track they will see again later in the spring.
“The biggest thing is this meet is the same location that will also hold the NCAA East regional in May,” Auburn coach Ralph Spry said. “This is a good chance to get some experience at the facility. It is a brand new track there in Jacksonville. This is the first meet of the year, but we are ready to run. We just want to get the ball rolling and get the competitive juices flowing. I’m expecting a lot of solid performances.”
Live results for both meets can be found at the links above. For the latest on Auburn track and field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter.