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Bloomfield, Smith highlight 6 Auburn wins on second day of Commodore Invitational
Akeem Bloomfield currently holds the fastest time in the country in the men's 60m. Photo Credit: Dakota Sumpter, Auburn Athletics
Jan. 13, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore sprinter Akeem Bloomfield clocked the fastest time in the nation in the 400m so far this season to win the Commodore Invitational men’s 400m with a time of 45.92 Saturday at the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility.

Bloomfield, a product of Kingston, Jamaica, tied Sanjay Ayre’s time in the 2000 season for the fourth-fastest time in school history. He now holds three of the top five times in the indoor 400m in Auburn history, including the school record of 45.43.

Senior Jonielle Smith set a new personal best time of 7.30 in the women’s 60m to win the event. Dominique Bullock finished fourth with a time of 7.56, also a personal best.

Bloomfield and Smith’s wins were two of six events won by the Tigers on the day and 10 events overall in the Invitational.

“I thought we had a really good weekend across the board,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “Friday night, we started off with four wins and a lot of personal records, and then today I thought we really continued to build off of that. We had four or five marks that were probably close to the national leaders, and Akeem Bloomfield’s is a national leader.”

Jakayla Hand and Mark Rubalcaba doubled-up on victories in the men’s and women’s triple jump after each winning the long jump on Friday. Hand jumped 12.52m/41-1 while Deja Hillman jumped a mark of 11.93m/39-1.75 to finish third. Rubalcaba won his event with a mark of 15.05m/49-4.50.



Raheem Chambers won the men’s 60m with a personal-best time of 6.62, which currently ranks as the third-fastest time in the country and just misses as a top-10 mark in school history.

Tori McKinley, in her first collegiate meet, won the women’s shot put with a mark of 14.90m/48-10.75. Fellow freshmen Evan Blaire and Benedict Draghi finished 2nd and 3rd in the men’s shot put.

Randall Ceneus finished runner-up behind Bloomfield in the 400m with a time of 46.60.

Chris Stone established a new personal record in the men’s 60m hurdles with a time of 8.21 to finish fifth, one place behind teammate Xavier Coakley (8.11).

“All in all I’m really proud of how we competed,” Spry said. “That was kind of a low-key meet for us as far as terms of who was here. We’ll come back next weekend, and it’s going to be a little more challenging, but it gives us another chance to see where we are and keep building.

Up next for the Tigers is a return trip to Nashville for the Vanderbilt Invitational Jan. 19-20.

Day Two Results
Event                             Name                   Place                      Time/Mark
Triple Jump – W             Jakayla Hand         1st                    12.52m/41-1
Triple Jump – W             Deja Hillman         3rd                11.93m/39-1.75
Triple Jump – M             Mark Rubalcaba      1st                15.05m/49-4.50
60mH (p) – M                 Xavier Coakley       --                               8.14
60mH (f) – M                  Xavier Coakley       4th                             8.11
60mH (p) – M                  Chris Stone           --                               8.32
60mH (f) – M                   Chris Stone          5th                              8.21
60m (p) – M                   Raheem Chambers  --                              6.76
60m (f) – M                   Raheem Chambers  1st                             6.62
60m – M                       Chiason Tenkiang    12th                           7.11
60m – M                       Chris Stone             13th                           7.15
60m (p) – W                  Jonielle Smith          --                              7.38
60m (f) – W                   Jonielle Smith         1st                             7.30
60m (p) – W                 Dominique Bullock     --                             7.64
60m (f) – W                 Dominique Bullock    4th                             7.56
Mile – W                       Presley Weems        6th                          4:57.88
Mile – M                    Coleman Churitch      12th                          4:17.84
Mile – M                       Mitchell Gomez       16th                        4:20.40
Mile – M                               Ryan Lee        22nd                        4:29.02
Shot Put – W                 Tori McKinley          1st             14.90m/48-10.75
Shot Put – W                Ivana Muzaric          5th                 12.75m/41-10
Shot Put – M                    Evan Blaire          2nd                  16.05m/52-8
Shot Put – M              Benedict Draghi          3rd             15.94m/52-3.75
400m – M               Akeem Bloomfield          1st                            45.92
400m – M                  Randall Ceneus          2nd                            46.60
400m – M                     Joshua Burks         11th                            50.69
800m – W                       Katie Boone          9th                         2:25.62
800m – W               Danielle Springer         11th                         2:27.32
3000m – M                       Jay Spieler         11th                         8:31.41
3000m – M                        Erik Armes        12th                         8:31.77
3000m – M                      Andy Smith         23rd                         8:50.67
4x400m – W                                                5th                         3:51.15
4x400m – M                                                5th                         3:26.18


(Italics – personal record)

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