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Tigers establish 10 personal records on day 1 of Bob Pollack Meet
Natalliah Whyte ran a personal-best 7.23 in the women's 60m dash. Photo Credit: Dakota Sumpter, Auburn Athletics
Jan. 26, 2018

CLEMSON, S.C. – Auburn track and field had an impressive first day at the Bob Pollack Meet, establishing seven personal records over the course of the competition at the Clemson University Indoor Complex.

Sprinters Jonielle Smith and Natalliah Whyte highlighted the afternoon with their outstanding performance in the women’s 60m sprint. Smith started it off with a 7.28 in the prelim only to get bested by Whyte’s personal-best 7.23 in the following heat. The pair entered the final Nos. 1-2 in the standings and held that position at the end of the race, only with the places switched. Whyte maintained a 7.23 to finish second, but Smith turned it on for a personal-best 7.20 finish, tied for the fourth fastest in school history with Tiger greats Fana Ashby, Kai Selvon and Kerron Stewart.

Both Smith and Whyte’s times rank in the top five in the nation this year.

Raheem Chambers won the men’s 60m for the second time this season, clocking a 6.63 in the final. Xavier Coakley placed fourth in the 60m hurdles with a personal-best 7.81 finish. 

Auburn throwers had a big day in the field portion of competition as freshman Evan Blaire (16.60m) and Tori McKinley (15.02m) each surpassed their previous personal bests with ease. Both Blaire and McKinley finished fourth in their respective fields. 

Jenae Ambrose finished fifth in the women’s 400m and was one of four Tigers that had personal-bests in the race.

Day two of the Bob Pollack Meet is slated for a 10 a.m. CT start tomorrow. Live stats can be found here.

Event                Athlete                    Place                                Time/Mark
60mH - M          Xavier Coakley           --                                         8.02
60mH - M          Xavier Coakley          4th                                       7.81*
60m – W           Natalliah Whyte          --                                        7.23* 
60m – W           Natalliah Whyte         2nd                                      7.23*
60m – W           Jonielle Smith             --                                        7.28
60m – W           Jonielle Smith            1st                                       7.20*
60m – M          Raheem Chambers       --                                        6.71
60m – M          Raheem Chambers      1st                                       6.63
400m – W         Jenae Ambrose          5th                                      54.33*
400m – W       Mattie McLauhorn        27th                                     59.03*
400m – W           Anna Gierow           32nd                                 1:00.97*
400m – W        Kristen Laidlaw          33rd                                  1:01.77*
DMR – W     Weems, Mack, Kiprop, Cheruiyot 3rd                       12:16.59
DMR – M   Armes, Allen, Komen, Spieler        4th                        10:16.77
LJ - M              Mark Rubalcaba           2nd                         7.38m/24-2.50
LJ - W            Dominique Bullock        5th                            5.98m/19-7.50
LJ - W               Jakayla Hand             8th                            5.76m/18-10.75
LJ - W                Deja Hillman             13th                           5.37m/17-7.50
SP - W             Tori McKinley              4th                           15.02m/49-3.50*
SP - M                Evan Blaire              4th                            16.60m/54-5.50*
SP - M               Benedict Draghi         7th                            15.92m/52-2.75

Junior Chris Stone is also competing this weekend at the Texas Tech Classic in Lubbock, Texas, in the men’s heptathlon. Stone currently sits in fifth in the overall standings with a personal-best 3,093 points on the day.

Full results for Stone’s first day of competition:

60m         4th         7.12
Long jump 5th        6.65m/21-10
Shot Put    2nd       13.67m/44-10.25*
High Jump  3rd        2.01m/6-7*

*-personal best



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