May 18, 2014
Lexington, Ky.— The Auburn track and field team had three individuals with second-place finishes, including freshman Justin Carter who broke an 18-year old school record in the men’s javelin, during the final day of competition at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field meet. The Auburn men finished seventh in the team standings with 50 points, while the women were ninth with 33 points.
“I saw a lot of good things from the team this week,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “I’m very proud how we lined up and competed. We had a lot of good things happen and despite not being where we would like to be (in the team standings), our kids showed a lot of character.”
Carter had a huge day for the Tigers as he broke Juan Lopez’s school record of 229-9 set in 1996, with a mark of 239-7 (73.04m) en route to his second-place finish. On Carter’s third throw, he broke the school-mark with a throw of 237-6 (72.41m) and on his fourth toss, reestablished the record with his 239-7. Carter’s mark is the longest in the country by a freshman this season and ranks seventh nationally.
Senior D.J. Smith, the defending SEC Champion in the men’s high jump, had his best meet of the season, clearing 7-01.25 (2.18m) to finish second.
Freshman sprinter Teray Smith helped the Tigers score in three events as he finished fourth in the men’s 200m (20.63), seventh in the 100m (10.56) and anchored the 4x100m relay that claimed fourth (39.37).
“Our coaches did a good job getting our athletes prepared,” Spry said. “With the bulk of our production coming from our younger kids, and the class we have coming in, I’m excited about our future. We have a good group of going to the NCAA prelims in a few weeks and hope to have a good showing.”
The men’s 4x100m relay that was fourth featured three freshmen. Joining Smith on the relay were fellow freshman Khalil Henderson and Michael Cheeks along with sophomore Torrey Campbell. Henderson also scored for the Tigers finishing fifth in the 200m in 20.82.
Seniors Stephen Saenz and Marcus Ponenfoose were second and ninth respectively in the men’s shot put. The SEC Champion in 2011 and 2012 in the event, Saenz’s top throw was 65-6.25 (19.97m). Popenfoose, who won last year’s SEC title with a throw of 62-02.25, threw 60-00.25 missing a scoring position by one spot.
Freshman jumper Marshay Ryan, who missed two weeks of training prior to the SEC meet, set a new personal-best mark of 43-03.75 (13.20m) on her final leap of the women’s triple jump to finish fourth.
The women’s 4x100 relay of sophomore Samantha Scarlett, freshman Shakera Martin, senior V’Alonee Robinson and freshman Ebony Morrison was fifth after posting a time of 44.29. Martin came back later in the day to finish seventh in the women’s 100m in 11.55.
Two events after the women’s 4x100, Morrison and Scarlett finished sixth (13.46) and seventh (13.54), respectively, in the 100m hurdles.
After placing fourth in the shot put yesterday, sophomore Rachel Dincoff scored again for the Auburn women, claiming seventh in the discus with a mark of 160-11 (49.05m).
Texas A&M claimed the men’s team title with 155 points, followed by Arkansas (116.5) and Florida (93).
In a closer team race on the women’s side, Arkansas (123) won the title just ahead of Florida (116.5) and Texas A&M (113).
The SEC Outdoor Championships will air as part of a two-hour show on ESPNU on Thursday, May 22, beginning at 6 p.m. CT.
Auburn will have two weeks off before competing at the NCAA Prelims in Jacksonville, Fla., May 29-31.
2014 SEC OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Discus—Rachel Dincoff (So.), 7th place, 160-11/49.05m
Hammer--Victoria Nwadiogbu (Jr.), 8th place, 183-0/55.79m
Shot Put—Valentina Muzaric (Jr.), 3rd place, 55-1/16.79m
Shot Put—Rachel Dincoff (So.), 4th place, 54-2/16.51m
Triple Jump—Marshay Ryan (Fr.), 4th place, 43-3.75/13.20m
100m—Shekara Martin (Fr.), 7th place, 11.55
100m Hurdles—Ebony Morrison (Fr.), 6th, 13.46
100m Hurdles—Samantha Scarlett (So.), 7th, 13.54
3000m Steeplechase—Rachel Givens (Fr.), 7th place, 10:26.25
4x100m Relay—Samantha Scarlett (So.), Shakera Martin (Fr.), V’Alonee Robinson (Sr.), Ebony Morrison (Fr.), 5th place, 44.29
Decathlon—Parker Shearer (So.), 6th place, 6,843 points
Discus—Marcus Popenfoose (Sr.), 8th place, 179-2/54.63m
High Jump—D.J. Smith (Sr.), 2nd place, 7-01.25/2.18m
Javelin—Justin Carter (Fr.), 2nd place, 239-7/73.04m (new school record)
Shot Put—Stephen Saenz (Sr.), 2nd place, 65-6.25/19.97m
100m—Teray Smith (Fr.), 7th place, 10.56
200m—Teray Smith (Fr.), 4th place, 20.63
200m—Khalil Henderson (Fr.), 5th, 21.02
3000m Steeplechase—Niklas Buhner (Sr.), 3rd place, 8:54.60
4x100m Relay—Torrey Campbell (So.), Khalil Henderson (Fr.), Michael Cheeks (Fr.), Teray Smith (Fr.), 4th place, 39.37