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Auburn track and field claims five event wins at Yellow Jacket Invite

March 29, 2014

AUBURN, Ala. --
The Auburn men’s and women’s track and field team concluded competition at the 87th annual Clyde Littlefield Track Relays at the Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas and Yellow Jacket Invite at the George C. Griffin Track in Atlanta on Saturday.

At the Texas Relays, Auburn’s 4x100 relay team consisting of freshmen Teray Smith, Michael Cheeks, Khalil Henderson and senior Keenan Brock finished fourth with a time of 39.27. In the 110 meter hurdles final, junior Gary Ford placed eighth at 14.36.

"Our 4x100 relay with three freshman ran a great race to finish fourth against very good competition," head coach Ralph Spry said. "Our lead leg had to nearly stop to get around a runner, so it was still a fast time. Gary Ford had a good performance in the 110-meter hurdles as he PR'ed yesterday and made finals today."

At the Yellow Jacket Invite, the Tigers collected five wins as sophomore Rachel Dincoff claimed the shot put and discus titles. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native recorded personal bests throws of 50-7.25/15.42m in the shot put and 163-07/49.86m.

Freshman Justin Carter won his first event at his first collegiate event after claiming a new personal best throw of 223-11/68.26m in the javelin. Carter's throw set a new school freshman record, besting Moisy Louisy-Louis' record of 211-3 set in 1999.

In the women’s 800m, freshman Emily Stevens and junior Samantha Berggren took the top two spots with times of 2:12.28 and 2:13.62, respectively. Senior Danielle Hill won the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 58.91.

"It was cold and rainy in Atlanta and despite the conditions we had some very good times and marks as we had four individuals win five events, led by two wins from Rachel Dincoff," Spry continued. "We got the ball rolling and it was good to get it going and get ready for this next weekend when we host the Tiger Track Classic. Hopefully we will have good weather this week and this coming weekend against some good competition at home.

The Tigers will return to action April 4-5 as it hosts the Tiger Track Classic at the Hutsell-Rosen Track.

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