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Tigers set three personal bests on Day 1 of Vanderbilt Invitational
Senior Coleman Churitch finished runner-up in the men's 5k on Friday. Photo Credit: Dakota Sumpter, Auburn Athletics
Jan. 19, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Auburn track and field compiled three personal bests and four top-five finishes on day one of the Vanderbilt Invitational held at the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Complex.

Senior Jonielle Smith continued her strong start to the season with another win in sprints, this time in the women’s 200m where she clocked a 23.88 to lead the pack. The product of Kingston, Jamaica, won last weekend’s Commodore Invitational 60m, held on the same track, with a personal best time of 7.30.

Coleman Churitch finished runner-up in the men’s 5k with a time of 14:32.45. Raheem Chambers ran a personal best 21.59 to take third in the men’s 200m and Jaron Brooks cleared 6-8.75/2.05m in the high jump to place fourth.

Caroline Lawrence topped a personal best mark of 5-5/1.65m in the women’s high jump while Deja Hillman touched down 18-5/5.61m away from the starting strip for a personal best in the women’s long jump.

The Vanderbilt Invitational concludes tomorrow. Events are set to get underway with a 10:30 a.m. CT start. Live stats can be found at

Day One Results
Event                       Name                           Place                            Time/Mark
High Jump – W        Skyler Daniel                  t-6th                           1.65m/5-5
High Jump- W         Caroline Lawrence           t-9th                           1.65m/5-5*
High Jump – M        Jaron Brooks                     4th                       2.05m/6-8.75
Weight Throw - W    Erin Perkins                     21st                   16.34m/53-7.50
Long Jump – M       Chris Stone                       18th                    6.24m/20-5.75
Long Jump – W       Jakayla Hand                      7th                    5.80m/19-0.50
Long jump – W       Deja Hillman                     15th                        5.61m/18-5*
Pole Vault – M        Chris Stone                         8th                         4.80m/15-9
200m – W              Jonielle Smith                     1st                                   23.88
200m – M              Raheem Chambers              3rd                                  21.59*
200m – M              Chiason Tenkiang              17th                                   22.20
5000m – M            Coleman Churitch                2nd                              14:32.45

*- personal record



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