Feb. 6, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn track and field team returns to action Friday and Saturday as it heads to the 39th Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.
The Tigers will look to continue its form after winning five events at the Vanderbilt Invitational Jan. 24-25. Sophomore Jessie Johnson led the Tigers after tying her school-record clearance of 13-1.50/4.00m in the pole vault. Freshman distance runner Rachel Givens broke the school freshman record in the 3000m run with a time of 9:42.93, which snapped Kathi Ward’s nine-year record by over six seconds. All-SEC thrower Valentina Muzaric recorded the second-longest throw in Auburn history in the shot put with a distance of 54-6.75/16.63m en route to winning her second-consecutive shot put title.
Auburn had three finishers in the top-5 in the mile led by senior Niklas Buhner who set the facility record with a time of 4:02.60. Junior Ty McCormack finished fourth with a personal best time of 4:03.89, while junior Kane Grimster placed fifth at 4:05.95. Junior thrower Marcus Popenfoose won the shot put with a throw of 57-0.00/17.37m.
McCormack, Buhner and Grimster competed in the Camel City Elite Races as part of the Hilton Garden Invitational on February 1 at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. McCormack led the trio, posting the nation’s sixth-fastest 3000m time and fastest time in the SEC this season. McCormack finished first among collegiate runners, and third overall with a converted time of 7:56.07, besting his previous PR by 17 seconds. Buhner placed eighth with a converted time of 8:08.43, a new personal best. In the mile run, Grimster finished ninth at a converted time of 4:06.95.
A total of 44 Tigers are scheduled to compete in the Husker Invitational with the meet slated to begin at 12 pm CT on Friday. Live scoring for the meet can be found online at http://www.huskers.com/fls/100/trackstats/14FSHI/index.htm.
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