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Wellington Zaza wins 60mH on final day of Commodore Classic
Jan. 14, 2017

AUBURN, Ala. – Senior Wellington Zaza won the men’s 60mH with a personal best time of 7.81 and Auburn track and field posted 13 personal bests on the final day of the Commodore Invitational in Nashville on Saturday.

“I like the fight I saw this weekend in our first meet of the season,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “We finished with a lot of personal bests and won four events. This meet gives us a good base to build on and I look forward to seeing this team improve every week.”

A Philadelphia native, Zaza posted a 7.91 in the prelims to be the top seed in the final. Teammate Xavier Coakley also posted a personal best in the 60mH, finishing third with a time of 7.94 and moved into sixth all-time in program history.

Mitchell Gomez and Kevin Wyss got the morning started, both posting personal bests in the men’s 3000m. Gomez finished with an 8:22.87, while Wyss posted a 8:26.78.

After posting a PR in the pole vault on Friday, heptathlete Chris Stone added two more on Saturday in the 60m and the 60mH. Stone finished ninth in the 60mH with a personal best 8.45 and then posted a 7.26 in the men’s 60m.

Freshman Raheem Chambers finished third in the men’s 60m with a time of 6.70 in his first collegiate meet. Chambers’ time ranks as the No. seven time in program history. Junoir O’Dean Skeen advanced to the finals with a 6.73.

In the women’s triple jump, Jakayla Hand finished third with a personal best 42-0.75/12.82m. Senior Marshay Ryan jumped 42-5.5/12.94m to finish third.

Emily Stevens and Wesley Curles both finished with personal bests in the mile. Stevens finished second with a 4:43.45, which ranks No. three on Auburn’s top performers list. Curles finished with a 4:04.44.

Jamaican native Akeem Bloomfield won the men’s 400m with a 46.68, which puts him eighth all-time in Auburn history. Sophomore Randall Ceneus finished third with a personal best time of 46.98.

Veronica Eder moved into second all-time in the women’s 3000m with a 9:24.31. Brenda Kigen finished sixth with a personal best 9:40.63.

Auburn track and field will return to action on Saturday as it hosts the Auburn Invitational in Birmingham. The Tigers will be joined by LSU, Alabama and Ohio State at the Birmingham Crossplex.

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Place Name Time/Mark
Shot Put - W
--Ivana MuzaricNM
3000m - M
16thMitchell Gomez8:22.87
18thKevin Wyss8:26.78
20thColeman Churitch8:28.54
60mH - M
1stWellington Zaza7.81
3rdXavier Coakley7.94
9thChris Stone8.45
60m - W
7thJonielle Smith7.47
60m - M
3rdRaheem Chambers6.70
8thO'Dean SkeenNT
32ndChris Stone7.26
Shot Put - M
14thJason Bryan46-9/14.25m
Triple Jump - W
2ndMarshay Ryan42-5.5/12.94m
3rdJakayla Hand42-0.75/12.82
7thDeja Hillman39-8.75/12.11m
Triple Jump - M
4ttMark Rubalcaba49-0.75/14.95m
Mile - W
2ndEmily Stevens4:43.45
Mile - W
7thWesley Curles4:04.44
36thJay Spieler4:23.01
400m - M
1stAkeem Bloomfield46.68
3rdRandall Ceneus46.98
9thKahlil Henderson48.45
38thSherwayne Allen56.80
800m - W
24thSanders Reed2:23.93
800m - M
8thErik Armes1:52.02
3000m - W
1stVeronica Eder9:24.31
6thBrenda Kigen9:40.64
25thRachel Givens10:14.65
4X400m - M
2ndCeneus, Henderson, Bloomfield, Smith3:09.34



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