Aug. 9, 2012
LONDON - Thursday was an up-and-down day at Olympic Stadium for Auburn's contingent in London with a pair of athletes advancing to event finals and triple jumper Leevan Sands suffering an injury in his event final.
Three Auburn women hit the track in the first round of the women's 4x100-meter relay and a pair emerged with a chance at a medal. Running the pivotal third leg, senior Kai Selvon led Trinidad & Tobago new a new national record and the second-fastest time of the day - 42.31 seconds.
Not to be outdone, two-time medalist Kerron Stewart anchored Jamaica to a second-place finish in the second heat in 42.37. After taking over with Ukraine (42.36, first in second heat) firmly in the lead, Stewart nearly pulled her team back into the lead but finished just a tenth behind. Jamaica's time ranked fourth overall behind Ukraine in third.
Coming up just outside the finals of the relay was Bahamas. Led by lead-off leg Sheniqua Ferguson, the Bahamian team recorded a mark of 43.07 seconds to finish ninth overall.
Trinidad & Tobago will run out of lane four on Friday in the finals. Jamaica will be in lane six.
The down side of Auburn's Thursday came in the men's triple jump. After posting the second-best mark in the qualification round on Tuesday, Leevan Sands was primed to make a push for a medal before disaster struck.
Sands stood in fourth place with three jumps remaining thanks to his mark of 56-4.75 (17.19m) on his second attempt. On his fourth jump, Sands' left knee buckled during the final portion of his jump phase and he collapsed into the sand pit. He was charged with a foul on that attempt and withdrew due to the injury.
His mark of 17.19m was good enough for fifth place overall.
Two-time medalist Avard Moncur was not included in the four-man relay team for Bahamas in the first round of the 4x400-meter relay on Thursday. Despite not having Moncur, the Bahamas team placed first overall in the two heats with a mark of 2:58.87, a seasonal best.
Action on Friday includes heats in the men's 4x100m relay (1:45 p.m. CT) featuring Auburn alumnus Marc Burns along with the finals of the women's 4x100m relay (2:40 p.m. CT) and the men's 4x400m relay (3:20 p.m. CT).
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