April 19, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn track and field team recorded seven wins and 26 personal bests on Saturday as the Tigers hosted the War Eagle Invitational at the Hutsell-Rosen Track in Auburn.
“I think we had very good day all the way around,” head coach Ralph Spry said. “We had a couple people set some big PRs and had a couple more people qualify for the NCAA Preliminaries. I am happy for Stephen Saenz and Valentina Muzaric in their first meets of the season. Rachel Dincoff had another PR and Justin Carter won in the javelin. Teray Smith and the women’s 4x100 relay ran very well.
“We didn’t have the best weather, but today was one of those days that makes you tougher. Today allowed us to step up and refocus. We didn’t have any injuries today, so I feel pretty good about that. The coaches did a great job getting their kids ready to compete. We are right where we need to be at this point.”
In their first meets of the outdoor season junior Valentina Muzaric and senior Stephen Saenz won the shot put. Muzaric recorded the 12th longest throw in the nation heading into the weekend with a distance of 53-10.5/16.42m, while Saenz won with a throw of 61-2.25/18.65m. Sophomore Rachel Dincoff finished second in the shot put with a personal best throw of 52-8.75/16.07m. Senior Marcus Popenfoose finished runner up at 59-2.25/18.04m.
Freshman Sashel Brown claimed the 400 meter hurdles title with a personal best time of 58.98, which ranks 15th in the NCAA East Region. Sophomore Gabriela Cumberbatch finished third with a personal best time of 1:01.63.
Freshman Justin Carter won the javelin throw with a distance of 210-2/64.07m for his third win of the season. Senior DJ Smith won the high jump with a season-best clearance of 6-11.50/2.12m. In the 5000m invitational, sophomore Veronica Eder won with a time of 16:57.19.
Senior Niklas Buhner and junior Kane Grimster paced the field in the 1500m invitational as Buhner won the race with a personal best time of 3:46.49, while Grimster placed second at 3:48.10. Freshman Rachel Givens won the 1500m with a personal best time of 4:34.99, while Madeline Sharp set a new personal record at 4:55.71.
Senior V’alonee Robinson finished second in the 100m, first among collegiate runners, with a wind-aided personal best time of 11.46. In the triple jump, freshman Marshay Ryan placed second with a distance of 41-3.75/12.59m. Freshman Emily Stevens finished third in the 800m at 2:13.48 and sophomore Sage Blackwell placed 4th at 2:13.61.
Freshman Teray Smith was runner-up in the men’s 200m at 20.76, a new personal record. Senior Jason Miller bested his previous personal best in the 5000m after finishing second at 14:46.54.
The Tigers will return to action on April 24-26 at the historic Penn Relays held in Philadelphia, Pa.