June 3, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. – Five individuals and one relay team have made the cross-country trip to historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon for the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships that run Wednesday through Saturday.
“Everyone here has a shot to be an All-American,” Auburn track and field head coach Ralph Spry said. “Despite injuries in the sprints during the season, we still have chance to make some noise in the 4x1. The others have done a great job head-to-head all year and have out-performed some really talented athletes. They have a chance to face the best now and will have the opportunity to cap their seasons with quality performances.
“When you talk about All-Americans you are talking about the top eight in thousands of competitors. For the seniors, they’ve had great careers and this is a fantastic way for Maya and Kai to close out their collegiate careers as they transition into being professionals. It’s also a good opportunity for Harry and Marcus to show out in a marquee event.”
Both Valentina Muzaric (shot put) and Maya Pressley (high jump) are ranked third in their respective events entering the championship meet. The two women already hold the school record in their specialty with Muzaric recording a throw of 57-5.75 (17.52m) at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in May and Pressley clearing 6-2 (1.81m) at the Tiger Track Classic in April.
The lone individual qualifier for the men is SEC shot put champion Marcus Popenfoose. He is seeded 21st after his performance in Greensboro.
Also making the trip is Auburn’s men’s 4x100m relay team consisting of Jeremy Hardy, Marcus Rowland, Joe Fisher and Keenan Brock that ran 39.68 in the preliminary round. Also traveling are alternates Harry Adams and Spencer Ferguson.
Action begins on Wednesday for Auburn with the women’s hammer throw at 3:30 p.m. CT and continues through Saturday.
Live results will be available through DeltaTiming.com. The meet will be aired on ESPNU/ESPN3.com and through the WatchESPN. For the latest on Auburn track and field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter.