April 3, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn will host its first meet of the outdoor season, the Tiger Track Classic, on Friday and Saturday at the Hutsell-Rosen Track in Auburn. Athletes from approximately 20 schools will be competing in the meet.
Action is slated to begin Friday at 2 p.m. with the men's hammer throw, while running events begin at 7:30 p.m. with the women's 5000m. Saturday's action will begin at 11 a.m. with the pole vault while running events begin at 12 p.m. with the women's 4x100m. The event will conclude at 5:15 p.m. with the men's invitational 1500m.
"It is going to be nice to compete at home and have some nice weather," head coach Ralph Spry said.
"We have two home meets a year, so this will give our athletes a chance to compete in front of their parents, family and friends in Auburn.
On Saturday, author Dr. Craig Darch and former Auburn and Olympic head coach Mel Rosen will host a book signing for Dr. Darch's book "From Brooklyn to the Olympics" from 10:30am-2:30pm. The book chronicles the story of Rosen.
"The name of the game is to get some fast qualifying marks and distances. The weather should be good and we have a lot of good programs and professional athletes competing. I think it will be a good meet and every event should be highly contested with good marks."
Last weekend in its first outdoor meet of the season, Auburn junior hurdler Gary Ford placed seventh in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.36. The Tigers' 4x100 relay team consisting of freshmen Teray Smith, Michael Cheeks, Khalil Henderson and senior Keenan Brock finished fourth with a time of 39.27.
At the Yellow Jacket Invite in Atlanta, the Tigers collected five wins as sophomore Rachel Dincoff claimed the shot put and discus titles. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native recorded personal bests throws of 50-7.25/15.42m in the shot put and 163-07/49.86m. Freshman Justin Carter won his first event at his first collegiate event after claiming a new personal best throw of 223-11/68.26m in the javelin. Carter's throw set a new school freshman record, besting Moisy Louisy-Louis' record of 211-3 set in 1999.
In the women's 800m, freshman Emily Stevens and junior Samantha Berggren took the top two spots with times of 2:12.28 and 2:13.62, respectively. Senior Danielle Hill won the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 58.91.
Live results from the meet can be found online at www.auburntigers.com.
For the latest on Auburn track and field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.