March 15, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Auburn women's track and field team finished tied for 12th, its highest finish since 2010, with 16 points at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday behind second place finishes from junior Valentina Muzaric and freshman Marshay Ryan in the shot put and triple jump, respectively.
The finishes are the highest by a female athlete since 2010 when Nivea Smith placed second in the 200m. Muzaric is the first Auburn female athlete to score in the shot put, while Ryan's finish is the highest by a triple jumper since Elva Goulbourne won the event in 2003.
"It was an incredible weekend for our women and finishing 12th in the nation is huge. They really stepped it up with PRs at the right time for all three in their events," head coach Ralph Spry said. "It's difficult to make it to NCAAs and even harder to score. Marshay had a huge jump in the triple jump and Valentina improved her school record in the shot. Even though she didn't score, Samantha PRed and ran a great race. I'm so proud of our women the way they lined up and for our coaches did a great job of getting them ready."
Muzaric broke her school record in the second round of throws with a distance of 58-8.5/17.89m. Muzaric claims the nine longest throws in school history in the shot put. The Velika Gorcia, Croatia native was defeated by Iowa State's Christina Hillman, who had a distance of 18.15m.
Ryan broke the Auburn freshman record in the fifth round of jumps as the Chambersburg, Pa., native recorded a distance of 44-0.5/13.42m, besting Shelly-Ann Gillimore's record of 43-11.5 set in 2000. San Diego State's Shanieka Thomas won the event with a 13.97m.
Junior Samantha Scarlett competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday, finishing 11th in the 60 meter hurdle prelims with a personal best time of 8.20.
Auburn will begin the outdoor season March 27-29 at the Texas Relays and Yellow Jack Invite.
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