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Auburn track and field concludes competition in Arkansas and Iowa

Feb. 15, 2014


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AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn track and field team wrapped up competition at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa on Saturday. Junior thrower Valentina Muzaric set the tone for Auburn, posting the third-longest throw in school history, recording a throw of 55-7.5/16.95m.

"Overall, it was a solid effort all the way around by our kids again with several PRs against very good competition," Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. "The distance group in Iowa had a pretty good weekend let by Ty McCormack's performance in the 5,000. At the Tyson, Valentina had another good throw, while Jessi again equaled her school record in the pole vault.

"Keenan Brock had a season best in the 60 and along with Torrey Campbell in the 60 meter hurdles, both finaled in two of the country's top fields in their events. The weather should cooperate with us the next two weeks, which will be important for us to sharpen up and get rest as we train for SECs in two weeks."

In the 200m, freshman Teray Smith set a personal record with a time of 21.26, which is the fifth-fastest time by a freshman in the SEC heading into this weekend. In the women's 200m, senior V'Alonee Robinson set a new personal best with a 24.58, besting her previous time of 24.81 set earlier this season at the Vanderbilt Invitational. 

At the Iowa State Classic, senior distance runner Niklas Buhner had the fourth-fastest mile time in program history with a 4:04.35. Freshman Emily Stephens set a new personal record in the mile with a time of 4:53.05.

Auburn will have the next weekend off before traveling to College Station, Texas for the 2014 SEC Indoor Championships from Feb. 27 - March 1.

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