June 12, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
Auburn's national championship women's track and field team will be honored with a "Celebration of Champions" at Toomer's Corner Wednesday at 6 p.m. Fans are encouraged to join the team as it celebrates with the traditional rolling of Toomer's Corner.
Auburn won the team title by scoring 57 points at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 7-10 in Sacramento, Calif., to easily outdistance Southern California, which finished second with 38.5 points. Seven Auburn women combined for nine All-American performances, including a pair of individual national champions in Markita James in the 400m hurdles and Jovanee Jarrett in the long jump.
Kerron Stewart became the second woman in Auburn history to win All-American honors in three events at one NCAA outdoor meet, finishing second in the 100m and the 200m and anchoring the fifth-place 4x100m relay team. Josanne Lucas finished in the top five in two events, placing second in the 400m hurdles behind James and finishing fifth in the 100m hurdles. Angela Homan (fifth in the 10,000m), Michelle Vaughn (eighth in the triple jump) and Tamara Thomas, who teamed with James, Jarrett and Stewart in the 4x100m relay, also earned All-American honors.
Auburn's title was the fourth of the 2005-06 school year. The Tigers previously won national championships in men's and women's swimming and diving and equestrian.