May 15, 2014
Lexington, Ky. -
The Auburn track and field team opened the 2014 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships with six athletes competing during the opening day at the University of Kentucky Track and Field Complex. On a cold, blustery day with temperatures in the 50's, the Tigers day was highlighted by junior Tori Nwadiogbu's eight-place finished eighth in the women's hammer.
Nwadiogbu's throw of 183-0 (55.79m) was good enough to score one point for the Tigers in the team standings. Victoria Bernardo (172-0/52.44m), Anna McCloskey (157-2/47.91m) and Amber Sudzius (137-5/41.90m) also competed in the hammer but did not advance to the finals.
In the men's decathlon, sophomores Parker Shearer and Coren Crompton are in eighth and 11th place, respectively after the first five events. Shearer established four personal bests during the first day of competition, highlighted by a mark of 6-6.25 (1.99m) in the high jump. Shearer also posted new PRs in the 100m (11.63), 400m (53.30) and long jump (22-2.25).
Competing in his first SEC decathlon, Crompton posted new career bests in all five events, including trimming two seconds off his previous best in the 400m by posting a 51.06.
Friday's action will begin at 11 a.m. CT with the final five events of the decathlon, along with the conclusion of the women's heptathlon. The men's hammer throw will begin at 12:30 p.m. Running events will start at 5:15 p.m. with the 800m prelims, followed by the 200m prelims, 400m hurdle prelims and the finals of the 10,000m.
The SEC Championships will be streamed live on ESPN3 on Saturday, May 17 from 2:40-5:50 p.m. CT and on Sunday, May 18 from 12:50 pm-4:50 pm CT. The 2014 SEC Outdoor Championships will air as part of a two-hour show on ESPNU on Thursday, May 22, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
Live scoring for the SEC Championships can be found online at http://branchsportstech.com/2014_Meets/outdoor/05-15-sec