Aug. 3, 2012
LONDON - A trio of former Tigers were in action on Friday as the track and field portion of the 2012 Olympic Games in London got underway with sprinters Kerron Stewart and Sheniqua Ferguson as well as thrower Stephen Saenz competing.
Two-time medalist Stewart finished third in the seventh and final heat of the women's 100 meters to advance to Saturday's semifinal. Her mark of 11.08 tied her for 14th overall. Stewart will run in heat three of Saturday's final set for 1:35 p.m. central time.
In her first Olympic race, former SEC champion Ferguson placed third in her heat in 11.35 seconds to earn passage to the semifinals. Her mark was just four hundredths behind Olga Bludova (11.31) of Kazakhstan and the USA's first-place Carmelita Jeter (10.83). Ferguson is slated for heat two of three on Saturday.
In his first major international competition, junior Stephen Saenz placed 32nd in the men's shot put with a top mark of 18.65m. Competing for Mexico, Saenz fouled on his first attempt before registering the legal throw. The SEC champion then went for another big throw, but fouled again to settle for 17th in the opening flight.
Saenz was the only active collegian in the event.
Ferguson and Stewart are Auburn's only competitors on Saturday.
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