April 17, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn track and field team will host its second and final home meet of the season, the War Eagle Invitational, Friday and Saturday at the Hutsell-Rosen Track. Athletes from 17 schools will be competing at the meet.
Action is slated to begin on Friday at 2 p.m. CT with the men’s hammer throw, while running events begin at 7:30 p.m. with the women’s 1500m. Saturday’s action will begin at 11 a.m. with the women’s pole vault while running events begin at 12 p.m. with the women’s 4x100m relay. The event will conclude at 6:35 p.m. with the men’s 4x400 relay.
“It is getting late in the season, so we are continuing to get better every week,” head coach Ralph Spry said. “This weekend will give us another platform to improve against some very good competition. It is going to be a good meet. I am looking forward to some big performances. We are looking to improve on some marks for NCAA Preliminaries.
I’m looking for some big performances from junior Valentina Muzaric and senior Stephen Saenz. It will be their first outdoor meets. I am excited about those two, because Saenz is a NCAA runner-up and SEC Champion while Muzaric is a NCAA runner-up. Getting those two going will give us some momentum. I am looking forward to a lot of good performances in all areas. We have to be ready for the meat and potatoes of the year with SEC Championships and NCAA Championships.”
Last weekend at the Alabama vs. Mississippi Border Clash, the Tigers accumulated six wins and 15 personal bests. Freshmen Khalil Henderson and Teray Smith scored seven points in the 200m as Henderson won with a personal best time of 20.78, which is the 14th fastest time in the NCAA East Region.
In the 110-meter hurdles, junior Torrey Campbell scored three points after finishing second at 14.11. Junior Adam Civitano placed third and scored two points in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 53.87. Senior Jason Miller bested his previous personal record in the 5000m by 20 seconds to finish third at 14:49.70 to score two points.
On the women’s side, sophomore Rachel Dincoff scored five points in the discus after winning the event with a personal best throw of 165-11/50.58m, which is the 13th longest throw in program history. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native also won the shot put with a personal best distance of 52-1.75/15.89m.
Senior V’alonee Robinson won the 200m with a time of 24.01, while freshman Marshay Ryan claimed the triple jump title with a jump of 41-10.5/12.76m to score ten points. In the hammer throw, sophomore Victoria Bernardo placed third with a personal best distance of 174-01/53.07m. Senior Tori Nwadiogbu finished fourth with a personal best throw of 173-06/52.88m.
Freshman Rachel Givens earned three points, finishing second in the 5000m with a time of 17:01.52. In the 800m, sophomore Sage Blackwell bested her previous best time by four second and placed second with a 2:12.79 to score three points. Senior Eryn Donaldson scored three points finishing third overall and second among collegiate athletes with a clearance of 5-3/1.60m.
Live scoring for the meet can be found online here.