May 30, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Auburn track and field team had four athletes, including three freshmen, advance to Saturday's quarterfinals on the second day of competition at the NCAA East Prelims at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. The top-12 finishers in the quarterfinals will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
"We gained a lot of momentum after the hurdles as Ebony and Samantha set personal bests," head coach Ralph Spry said. "I think if they both run like they did today, they have a chance to make it to the National Championships. We had two guys in the 200m advance to the quarterfinals, which is huge. We have to bounce back tomorrow and be ready to go. Tomorrow is going to huge with the 4x100 relays, hurdles, 200m and the women's shot put. I am pleased where we are right now. This is tough meet. I am proud of the way we have competed, mainly because we have had a lot of young athletes step it up. That is huge as it really sets the tempo."
In the women's 100m hurdles, freshman Ebony Morrison and junior Samantha Scarlett claimed new personal bests en route to advancing to Saturday's quarterfinal. Morrison was runner-up in the third heat with a non-winded personal best time of 13.15. Scarlett finished second in heat two with at 13.17.
Freshman Khalil Henderson set the tone for the Tigers in the 200m, recording a personal best time of 20.67 for a second place finish in heat three. Freshman Teray Smith was runner-up in the fifth heat at 20.98, while freshman Michael Cheeks ran a 20.98 to finish third in the sixth heat, but was later disqualified for a lane violation.
Auburn will return to action Saturday at 11 am CT with the men's discus, while running events are scheduled to begin at 5 pm CT with the men's 4x100m relay.Live results for the NCAA East Preliminary Round can be found online here.
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