AUBURN, Ala. – Senior Redatu Semeon highlighted day two of the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, winning bronze in the 3000 meter steeplechase Saturday night on the campus of South Carolina. The Tigers had a strong showing in the evening session, with nine athletes advancing to finals in six events.
“Overall, we had another solid day as a team,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “We had some very strong performances in the night session, especially with our sprinters. We left some points on the table today, but this is a tough meet and we are going to have to bounce back and battle tomorrow.”
A Maryland native, Semeon ran an 8:55.99 to earn bronze in the event and currently ranks 21st on the NCAA East Prelims qualifying list.
Freshman Jaron Brooks put the Auburn men on the board with an eighth place finish in the high jump. The Kentucky native jumped an Auburn best 6-10.75/2.10m.
Wellington Zaza qualified for the finals of the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.82 in prelims. The senior ranks as a sixth seed in tomorrows final.
Wesley Curles and Emily Stevens both qualified for the finals of the 1500 meters tomorrow. Curles ran 3:47.28 as the fourth highest time in the prelims for the men, while Stevens ran the tenth fastest time for the women with a 4:23.31.
Three Tigers advanced to the finals of the men’s 400 meters. Freshman duo Nathon Allen and Akeem Bloomfield led the way, with two of the top-three times in prelims. Allen ran a personal 45.25, which ranks sixth in Auburn history and Bloomfield matched his Auburn best with a 45.47. Randall Ceneus ran a personal best 46.02 as the eighth fastest time of the evening.
Odean Skeen and Raheem Chambers posted qualifying marks in the 100 meters. Skeen led the way with a 10.08 as the third fastest qualifying time, while Chambers ran a personal best 10.24 for the sixth fastest time. Jonielle Smith ran a personal best 11.13 in the women’s 100m for the second fastest qualifying mark.
The final day of action at the SEC Outdoor Championships is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. as Kendra Mitchell and Peyton Montgomery compete in the women’s javelin final. Running events will begin at 2:15 p.m. with the men’s 4x100 meter relay.
The SEC Championships will be streamed live on SEC Network + Saturday at 3:10 p.m. CT. The meet will also air as part of a two-hour show on ESPNU May 17 at 8 p.m. ET. The broadcast talent includes Dwight Stones, Larry Rawson, Jill Montgomery and John Anderson.