May 23, 2012
Meet Central | Meet Notes
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Auburn track and field opens competition on Thursday in the 2012 NCAA First Round meet hosted by the University of North Florida with the goal of placing in the top 12 and advancing to the NCAA Championships at Drake University in two weeks.
“I feel really good about how the team is looking,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “Everyone is healthy, for the most part. This is going to be a good competition. Everyone is ready to go. I feel pretty good about it. If we can take care of business, we have a chance to get some key guys and girls through to the NCAA championships in two weeks. This is definitely a tough meet. The top 48 are here and they are only taking 12. We can’t have mishaps. We have to compete at top level and if we do that, we should have a good showing.”
The 12th-ranked Auburn men have eight men competing in 14 events as well as a pair of relay teams. The women have nine women set to go in 11 events as well as one relay team. The Tigers are one of just five programs that have five entrants in a single event (men’s 100m).
Four Auburn sprinters will compete in both the 100 and 200 meters (Harry Adams, Keenan Brock, Michael DeHaven and Marcus Rowland. Additionally, Jeremy Hardy will also run the 100 meters. Some combination of those five men will also run in the 4x100m relay, a race that Auburn still ranks in first nationally thanks to a blistering 38.30 mark from the Texas Relays in March.
Throwers Stephen Saenz
and Marcus Popenfoose
are both scheduled to participate in both the shot put and discus.
Kai Selvon (100m and 200m) and V’alonee Robinson (100m and long jump) will both compete in two events as well as run in the 4x100m relay. Both Maya Pressley and Monica Carney will compete in the women’s high jump.
This week’s meet is not Auburn’s first competition in Jacksonville at Hodges Stadium. The Tigers competed at the same track on March 29 at the UNF Invitational prior to the event being canceled due to rain.
The top 12 finishers in each event will earn berths to the 2012 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on June 6-9. For the latest on Auburn track and field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter.