May 2, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn track and field team will compete in the Tennessee Challenge on Saturday at the Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.
Competition is slated to begin at 8 am CT with the men's and women's hammer throw, while running events begin at 11:30 am CT with the women's 3000m steeplechase.
The relay team of Samantha Scarlett, Sashel Brown, V’alonee Robinson and Ebony Morrison claimed the shuttle hurdles Championship of America title with a time of 54.96, marking the first Penn Relay title for Auburn since 2012, when the Tigers won the men’s 4x100 meter relay. Freshman Marshay Ryan, a Pennsylvania native, placed second in the triple jump with a personal best distance of 43-0.25/ 13.11m. Ryan becomes the fourth-best performer in Auburn history with the 12th best performance in the event. Ryan’s jump ranks ninth nationally and is first among freshmen nationally.
The women’s 4x100 meter relay team of Scarlett, SheKara Martin, Halle Robinson and Morrison finished sixth in the finals at 44.69, while Scarlett placed seventh at 13.57 in the 100 meter hurdles championship at the Penn Relays. In the women’s 100m championship, senior V’alonee Robinson placed seventh at 11.78 while freshman SheKara Martin finished eighth at 11.84. Senior DJ Smith placed fifth in the high jump with a clearance of 6-11.5/2.12m and the men’s 4x100 meter relay team finished seventh in the final at 40.44.
Senior Stephen Saenz recorded the third-longest throw in school history with a personal best distance of 66-9.25/20.35m at the Triton Invitational. The mark betters Saenz’s previous record by a 1-5.5/0.44m, which was set at the 2012 NCAA Preliminaries and ranks as the second longest throw nationally. It is the longest throw by an Auburn athlete since 2008 when Cory Martin threw 20.35m at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Junior Valentina Muzaric placed sixth, third among collegiate finishers, in the women’s shot put with a throw of 56-0.5/17.08m in just her second event of the year. Freshman Justin Carter finished sixth and second among collegiate athletes, in the javelin with a distance of 219-9/66.97m
For the latest on Auburn track and field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.