Auburn junior thrower Valentina Muzaric rewrote history on Saturday, setting a new school record in the shot put, as the Auburn track and field team completed competition at the 39th Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.
Muzaric, who held the previous record of 16.72m, recorded a throw of 55-9.25/17.00m, which is the longest in the SEC this season and fourth longest in the country. The Velika Gorica, Croatia native owns the top-7 throws in program history.
"I was pleased with our efforts this weekend," Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. "We has several PRs, including Valentina who set a new school record and the number four throw in the nation in the shot put. We continued to get better as a group, despite the weather not cooperating with us in Auburn to allow us to work on our sharpness. Our athletes competed well and I like what I see with such a young group. If we continue to compete that way, we will continue to improve as the competition gets better."
Freshman Emily Stevens won the 800 meter race by over two seconds, with a personal-best time of 2:11.02. Junior Samantha Berggren placed fourth at 2:16.16, while sophomore Rebecca Nylen finished sixth at 2:16.43. In the triple jump, freshman Marshay Ryan notched a new personal record with a jump of 42-2.25/12.86m, which ranks third nationally among freshmen.
Distance runners Veronica Eder and Taylor Duncan finished in the top-5 in the 3000 meter with personal best times of 9:48.09 and 9:48.46, respectively. Freshman Susan Rachel Givens set a new personal record in the mile with a time of 4:56.14.
Freshman sprinter Teray Smith finished fifth in the 200 meter with a personal-best 21.27. In the pentathlon pole vault, sophomore Parker Shearer recorded his fourth PR of the weekend with a clearance of 13-1.50/4.00m. Junior thrower Marcus Popenfoose recorded his longest throw of the year in the shot put at 57-0.25/17.38m.
"Next weekend will be our biggest test of the season at the Tyson Invite against a lot of SEC competition as we ready for SECs in a few weeks," Spry said. "We've got to keep the momentum going and stay healthy. I like where we are at. We are young, but we're competing."
The Auburn track and field team will return to action February 14-15 at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
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