April 26, 2014
LA JOLLA, Calif. – Auburn senior Stephen Saenz recorded the third-longest throw in school history with a personal best distance of 66-9.25/20.35m to lead the Tigers at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, Calif.
The mark betters Saenz's previous record by a 1-5.5/0.44m, which was set at the 2012 NCAA Preliminaries and ranks as the second longest throw in the nation heading into the weekend. It is the longest throw by an Auburn athlete since 2008 when Cory Martin threw 20.35m at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
"We had a solid effort across the board today highlighted by a big throw from Stephen Saenz in California," head coach Ralph Spry said. "He has been poised for a big throw, so it came at the right time of the year. This will give him a lot of confidence as we prepare for SECs, Regionals and NCAAs.
"In a big meet like Penn Relays, it's huge to make finals, which we did in several events. We competed well and will continue to work hard as we get ready for conference in three weeks."
Junior Valentina Muzaric placed sixth, third among collegiate finishers, in the women’s shot put with a throw of 56-0.5/17.08m in just her second event of the year. Freshman Justin Carter finished sixth and second among collegiate athletes, in the javelin with a distance of 219-9/66.97m.
At the Penn Relays, the men’s 4x100 meter relay team finished seventh in the final at 40.44. In the women’s 100m championship, senior V’alonee Robinson placed seventh at 11.78 while freshman SheKara Martin finished eighth at 11.84.
Senior DJ Smith placed fifth in the high jump with a clearance of 6-11.5/2.12m. Junior Samantha Scarlett finished seventh at 13.57 in the 100 meter hurdles championship.
The Tigers will return to action on May 3 for the Tennessee Challenge in Knoxville, Tenn., before heading to Lexington, Ky., for the SEC Outdoor Championships.
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