Auburn Track And Field Team Heads West
Scott Novack

April 11, 2008


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The Auburn men's and women's track and field teams head to Tempe, Ariz., to compete at the 29th Sun Angel Classic hosted by Arizona State on Saturday, April 12. Field events begin at 10 a.m. PT on Saturday, with the first running event scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. The meet will conclude at approximately 10 p.m. Auburn will also have a few field event competitors at the Tiger Invitational hosted by LSU.

A number of nationally-ranked programs will provide Auburn with some tough competition at the Sun Angel Classic, including host Arizona State, which won the 2008 Men's and Women's NCAA Indoor Championships. The men's meet will include No. 2 Florida, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 9 Alabama, No. 12 Auburn, No. 13 Arizona and No. 18 Wisconsin, while the women's competition will feature No. 1 Arizona State, No. 5 Florida, No. 16 Auburn, No. 19 Arizona, No. 24 New Mexico and No. 25 Penn State.

"We're looking to continue to build on what we accomplished last weekend," said head coach Ralph Spry. "Last weekend was very successful in terms of getting regional qualifiers. We're looking to take advantage of good weather and good competition at Arizona State to get a few more qualifiers and improve on times for those who have already qualified. It should be a good meet and we're looking for some good performances."

Auburn has seven athletes on its squad that currently own marks that rank them in the top 10 in the NCAA this year. Jacob Dunkleberger leads the NCAA in the hammer throw with a mark of 71.42m (234-4), while Ty Akins is No. 2 in the 110m hurdles (13.47). Joanna Atkins is No. 2 in the 200m (23.30) and No. 8 in the 100m (11.39). Cory Martin is third in the shot put (19.17m, 62-10.75) and Raevan Harris is fourth in the high jump (1.83m, 6-0). Felix Kiboiywo is ranked sixth in the 1500m (3:44.65) and Amelia Anderson is tied for 10th in the long jump (6.22m, 20-5).

After a productive performance at the Tiger Track Classic last weekend in which the men's team set 12 new regional qualifying marks and won three events while the women set six new regional qualifying marks, improved on three more and won five events, Auburn now has 15 individuals who have combined for 21 individual regional qualifying marks. The Tigers also have three relay teams that have qualified.

Six athletes have qualified in at least two individual events, including Amelia Anderson (400m hurdles, long jump), Joanna Atkins (100m, 200m), Jacob Dunkleberger (hammer throw, shot put), Cory Martin (shot put, discus), Katalin Mate (shot put, discus) and Eric Werskey (shot put, discus).

At last year's Sun Angel Classic, Shamar Sands tied his own school record while winning the 110m hurdles to highlight the action for the Auburn men's team. Sands posted a time of 13.64 for the second Saturday in a row. Reuben McCoy finished a close second in the men's 400m hurdles with a regional qualifying time of 49.79, Felix Kiboiywo finished third in the mile with a regional qualifying time of 4:02.44, and the men's 4x100m relay team regionally qualified for the first time of the season, finishing sixth with a time of 40.36 seconds.

Raevan Harris highlighted the action for Auburn's women by winning the high jump with a regional qualifying mark of 1.85m (6-0.75), easily surpassing her previous outdoor best of 1.75m (5-8.75). Danielle Gilchrist competed in the women's 400m hurdles for the first time as a collegian, and finished third with a regional qualifying time of 59.29 seconds. Amelia Anderson finished fourth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:01.17, and Laurel Pritchard finished fourth in the women's 3,000m with a time of 10:06.61.

More information on the Sun Angel Classic can be found by visiting Arizona State's athletics website at