Auburn gets 16 personal bests at Tiger Track Classic

April 5, 2014

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AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn men's and women's track team claimed two wins and 16 personal bests on Saturday at the Tiger Track Classic held at the Hutsell-Rosen Track in Auburn. The Tigers close the weekend with four wins and 25 personal records.

"I am pretty pleased across the board. I liked our effort in all areas," head coach Ralph Spry said. "Freshman Justin Carter had another great effort on Friday night winning the javelin. Rachel Dincoff did really well in the shot put and discus. Marcus Popenfoose is coming around. Freshmen Khalil Henderson, Teray Smith and Michael Cheeks all ran really fast 200 meter times. I'm proud of DJ Smith for winning the high jump.

"We were fortunate that we got good weather. Everybody competed really well, and we just have to keep getting better each week. I think we got a lot of times that will qualify for the NCAA Regionals in Jacksonville in April. I am excited about where we are at, and where we are headed."

Senior high jumper DJ Smith won his first event of the outdoor season with a clearance of 7-0.50/2.15m. In the men's 200m, freshman Khalil Henderson edged out freshman Teray Smith by .06 seconds with a time of 20.83, which was the fourth fastest time in the nation heading into the weekend. Freshman Michael Cheeks finished sixth with a personal best time of 21.13.

In the women's 800 meter, senior Erika Kolakowski finished second overall and first among collegiate runners with a time of 4:43.98. Sophomore Rachel Dincoff was runner-up in the shot put with a distance of 51-7.75/15.74m. Dincoff claimed a top-5 finish in the discus with a throw of 152-03/46.40m.

Senior Marcus Popenfoose placed second in the shot put with a distance of 56-8.75/17.29m. Junior Francis Hernandez bettered his personal best in the 1500 meter by nine seconds with a 3:50.93. In the women's 800 meter, freshman Emily Stevens (2:10.61), sophomore Rebecca Nylen (2:16.37) and junior Kali Carney (2:25.50) set new personal bests.

Freshman Ebony Morrison finishes fourth with a career-best time of 13.52 in 100 meter hurdles, just ahead of junior Samantha Scarlett, who placed fifth, with a personal best 13.59.

The Tigers will return to action on April 11 for the Border Clash in Tuscaloosa, Ala., before returning back home on April 18-19 for the War Eagle Invitational.

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