April 10, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn track and field team heads to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Border Clash which will pit three schools from Alabama against three schools from Mississippi on Friday at the Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium. Representing the state of Alabama will be Auburn, Alabama and Samford, while Mississippi, Mississippi State and Southern Miss will represent Mississippi.
This will be the first scored meet for the Tigers in the outdoor season as the top four finishers will be around points in a 5-3-2-1 format and only two individuals per state shall score. In the relay events, only the top two teams will be awarded points (5-3) and only one relay per state shall score.
“I thought we had a great outing at the Tiger Track Classic,” head coach Ralph Spry said. “It is a neat format for this competition as it is the state of Alabama versus the state of Mississippi. It is a very quick meet. We will get to run some competitive races. Hopefully we can get more athletes qualified for NCAA Regionals.
The good thing about this three meet stretch that we are in is there is very little travel. During the indoor season we had to travel to every meet, so it gives us a chance to get our legs underneath us and rest.”
Auburn is coming off its first home meet of the season where the Tigers recorded four wins and 25 personal records at the Tiger Track Classic. Freshman Justin Carter claimed the javelin throw title with a distance of 222-07/67.84m, the fifth-longest throw in school history. In Carter’s first meet as a Tiger, the Auburn, Ala., native broke the freshman school record with a throw of 223-11/68.26m.
Senior high jumper DJ Smith won his first event of the outdoor season with a clearance of 7-0.50/2.15m. In the men’s 200m, freshman Khalil Henderson edged out freshman Teray Smith by .06 seconds with a time of 20.83, which ranks 13th nationally and second among freshman.
Sophomore Taylor Duncan won the women’s 5000 meter with a time of 16:49.90 after securing the lead from Krista Moylan on the final lap. In the women’s 800 meter, senior Erika Kolakowski finished second overall and first among collegiate runners with a time of 4:43.98.
Sophomore Rachel Dincoff was runner-up in the shot put with a distance of 51-7.75/15.74m. Freshman Ebony Morrison finished fourth with a career-best time of 13.52 in 100 meter hurdles, just ahead of junior Samantha Scarlett, who placed fifth, with a personal best 13.59.
Live scoring for the meet can be found online at www.branchsportstech.com.
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