April 19, 2012
AUBURN – No. 19/19 Auburn Track and Field hosts its second home meet of the season, the 2012 War Eagle Invitational beginning Friday and continuing on Saturday at Hutsell-Rosen Track.
“I feel very good about where we are,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “The name of the game is keeping everyone healthy, because no matter how fast you are, if you aren’t healthy you can’t compete. With the level of athlete we have right now, it’s paramount to keep everyone healthy and keep giving every chance to succeed. I’m looking forward to this weekend. It should be a great competition.”
Auburn welcomes three programs from the SEC in Georgia, Mississippi State and Alabama as well as a talented group from Penn State. Also competing are Alabama A&M, UAB, Alabama State, Columbia, Columbus State, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Mercer, Memphis, Shorter, South Alabama, Southern Illinois, Troy, Valdosta State and West Florida.
Combine the quality field of collegiate teams with a solid mix of unattached professionals and you have the makings of an exciting meet for fans that are planning to attend.
“The sprints are always exciting just because of the level of athlete we have and the talent level of the pro’s that come in,” Spry said. “Kerron Stewart is an Olympic gold medalist. She will be running again. Marc Burns from Trinidad is an Olympic silver medalist. He will be running again. We’ve got the world champion high jumper, Chauntea Lowe is coming in.
“Then obviously, our guys Harry Adams, Marcus Rowland, Keenan Brock, Michael DeHaven – those guys have been running fabulous all year long. Then for the women, Kai Selvon and Nivea Smith are All-Americans that will be competing for us. The sprints will be heavy with talent on Saturday. Mississippi State, Alabama, Georgia and Penn State are all bringing some great sprinters in too. It’s turning out to be a really great meet in terms of the sprints. Those are always exciting to watch and are always around the middle of the day.”
The meet begins on Friday with the hammer throw and javelin throw along with both the men’s and women’s 1500 and 3000 meters invitational races. The first event begins at 4:30 pm.
Saturday’s action begins at 11 a.m. in the field with the women’s pole vault and men’s and women’s long jump. Events on the track get underway at 1 p.m. with the 4x100 meter relay for both the men and women.
Admission to both days is free. Live results, photos and a full schedule of events are available at the meet information page linked above. For the latest on Auburn track and field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter.