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Auburn heads to Arkansas for Razorback Invitational
Jan. 25, 2017

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn track and field will look to continue it’s strong start to the 2017 indoor season when the Tigers head to Fayetteville, Ark. for the highly touted Razorback Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The event will be televised on SEC Network from 1 p.m. CT to 4:30 p.m., and will show live events from the Saturday afternoon schedule and featured events from Friday evening.

A meet of historic proportions, the Razorback Invitational will feature 14 programs from across the country, including nine nationally ranked teams and 10 SEC opponents. The meet will also play host to 14 current national event-leaders and seven reigning NCAA Indoor Champions from 2016.

“The meet this weekend is going to be tough with a lot of highly ranked teams and some of the top athletes in the country,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “We have gotten off to a really strong start this year with five national top-10 marks and numerous personal bests. I expect us to come out and run some good races this weekend and really work on competing. I am looking forward to the challenge against good competition this weekend.”

Last time out, the Tigers finished with four event wins and 14 personal bests at the Auburn Invitational at the Birmingham Crossplex. Junior Odean Skeen won the 60-meter in 6.63 seconds, which ranks fifth nationally and sixth in Auburn history. Raheem Chambers finished in second, crossing the line in 6.76.

Wellington Zaza won the 60-meter hurdles for the second consecutive week as he finished in 7.93 in the final after posting an 8.36 mark in the prelims. Zaza ranks eighth nationally with a personal best 7.81, posted at the Commodore Invitational. Sophomore Xavier Coakley finished third with an 8.05.

On the women’s side, Deja Hillman jumped 40-0.75/12.21m to win the triple jump. Junior Jakayla Hand finished third with a 39-08.5/12.10m.

Veronica Eder finished second in the mile with a 4:47.23. Her mark ranks sixth on Auburn’s all-time performers list. Eder opened the season with a personal best 9:24.31 in the 3000-meter at the Commodore Invitational on Jan. 14, which ranks 12th in the nation and second in program history for the event.

Events will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Friday with the Pentathlon 60mH and end with the women’s 200m beginning at 7:20 p.m. Saturday events will begin at 10:15 a.m. with live coverage on SEC Network to start at 1:00 p.m. and run through 4:30 p.m. Live results for the meet can be found at

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Friday Events
5:50 p.m.Weight Throw - WBrianna Heilsnis, Jasmine Manigault
6:00 p.m.Long Jump - MMark Rubalcaba, Chris Stone
6:00 p.m.High Jump - MJaron Brooks
6:00 p.m.Long Jump - WDominique Bullock, Micaela Creighton
6:00 p.m.High Jump - WSara Almen, Skyler Daniel
6:35 p.m.200 Meters - MRandall Ceneus, Kahlil Henderson, Teray Smith
7:20 p.m.200 Meters - WJenae Ambrose, Sashel Brown
Saturday Events
10:15 a.m.3000 Meters - MColeman Churitch, Mitchell Gomez, Solomon Komen, Kevin Wyss
10:37 a.m.3000 Meters - WKenzley Defler
12:00 p.mShot Put - MJason Bryan
12:25 p.m.1 Mile - MSilas Kipngetich
1:10 p.m.400 Meters Invitational - WSashel Brown
1:20 p.m.60 Meter Hurdles Prelims - MXavier Coakley, Christopher Stone, Wellington Zaza
1:45 p.m.60 Meter Dash Prelims - MRaheem Chambers, Odean Skeen, Christopher Stone
1:57 p.m.60 Meter Dash Prelims - WJenae Ambrose
2:00 p.m.Triple Jump - MJaron Brooks, Mark Rubalcaba
2:00 p.m.Triple Jump - WJakayla Hand, Deja Hillman, Marshay Ryan
2:00 p.m.Shot Put - WIvana Muzaric
2:10 p.m.800 Meters - MErik Armes
3:00 p.m.3000 Meters Invitational - WAndonet Cheruiyot, Veronica Eder, Brenda Kigen
3:15 p.m.60 Meters Hurdles Final - MTBA
3:20 p.m.60 Meters Hurdles Final - WTBA
3:25 p.m.60 Meters Final - MTBA
3:30 p.m.60 Meters Final - WTBA
3:47 p.m.1 Mile Invitational - MWesley Curles
3:55 p.m.1 Mile Invitational - WEmily Stevens



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