Atkins at 2010 NCAA Championships.
June 22, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. – Joanna Atkins recorded the sixth-fastest time and CeCe Williams narrowly missed the cut as Auburn’s action at the 2012 USATF Olympic Trials got underway on Friday with the women’s 400 meters at Hayward Field.
“Joanna ran a great race and it is important to finish high so you can have good lanes for the next round,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “CeCe had a good senior season. This was a tough race for her coming off NCAAs. She wrapped up a great All-American career. Considering the conditions, they both had pretty good performances.”
A native of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Atkins posted the sixth-best mark of the day with her time of 52.20 during a rain-soaked race. She finished third in her heat to earn an automatic berth into Saturday’s quarterfinals at 7:15 p.m. CT.
Williams finished in fifth place in the first heat in 54.29 seconds. Her mark placed her 20th overall, just four spots outside the cutoff.
Action continues for Auburn on Saturday with men’s shot put at 5 p.m. CT featuring alumni Cory Martin and Eric Werskey. At 6 p.m., Keenan Brock and Marcus Rowland will run the 100 meters. For the latest on Auburn track and field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter.