Jan. 18, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Auburn track and field team earned six event titles, while also breaking the meet and facility record in the mile on Saturday as the Tigers hosted the Auburn Indoor Invitational to begin the 2014 indoor season at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
“I was very impressed with the way our team competed for the season opener,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “We had several good performances against very good competition and we had a lot of freshmen that competed well. Our goal coming into the meet was to line up and compete and see where we are. Overall, it was one of our best opening meets in the last few years. We need to now build off this meet the following weekends and remain healthy.”
Senior distance runner Niklas Buhner broke the meet and facility record in the mile run, with a run of 4:02.20, ranking fourth all-time in Auburn history. In the same event, junior Ty McCormack set a personal record with a time of 4:04.77, which is eighth all-time in school history.
All-SEC throwers Valentina Muzaric and Stephen Saenz claimed the shot put titles, as Muzaric completed the second-longest throw in Auburn history with a throw of 54-1.75/14.81m. The Velika Gorica, Croatia native now claims the five longest throws in school history.
After missing last year’s outdoor season due to an injury, the reigning SEC Indoor shot put champion Saenz won the men’s event with a throw of 61-00.25/18.60m.
In the men’s 3000m run, junior Kane Grimster set the meet record with a time of 8:19.11, while freshman Teray Smith, in his first competition as a Tiger, won the men’s 200m with a time of 21.42.
The Auburn distance medley relay team consisting of Adam Civitano, Ty McCormack, Kane Grimster and Kelley Cutrell won the event with a time of 10:07.30.
Three Tigers set new personal records in the women’s weight throw as senior Tori Nwadiogbu had a throw of 55-1.25/17.05m, junior Anna McCloskey completed a throw of 49-6.50/15.10m and junior Victoria Bernardo with a throw of 47-1.00/14.35m.
In the women’s 60m hurdles, junior Samantha Scarlett won the event with a personal best time of 8.28, the third fastest mark in school history. Also in the event, freshman Ebony Morrison claimed seventh fastest mark in school history with a time of 8.42. Senior V’Alonee Robinson finished with a time of 8.48, which ranks eighth in Auburn history while freshman Raven Stewart finished in 8.67, for the 12th fastest mark.
In the men’s 60m hurdles, junior Torrey Campbell set a new personal record with a time of 7.95, besting his time of 8.09 set at the 2012 ISU Qualifier. Junior Parker Shearer set a new personal record in the long jump, completing a jump of 21-05.25/6.53m.
Sophomore transfer Rachel Dincoff claimed a new personal best in the shot put with a throw of 48-7.25/14.81m. Sophomore Allison Richmond set a new personal record in the women’s 200m by more than a second with a time of 25.05.
In the women’s 800m, junior Kali Carney ran a 2:25.83, beating her previous high of 2:38.34 set at the 2013 Virginia Tech Elite Meet, while senior Erika Kolakowski ran a 5:06.13 mile, setting a new personal record by seven seconds.
Auburn track and field will return to action January 24-25 at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.
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