May 20, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn men’s track and field team jumped 10 spots to No. 24 in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings, the organization announced on Tuesday.
The Tigers are coming off the weekend in which it had three runner-up finishers and two top-five finishes at the SEC Outdoor Championships. Freshman Justin Carter broke Juan Lopez’s school record of 229-9 set in 1996, with a mark of 239-7 (73.04m) en route to his second-place finish. On Carter’s third throw, he broke the school-mark with a throw of 237-6 (72.41m) and on his fourth toss, reestablished the record with his 239-7. Carter’s mark is the longest in the country by a freshman this season and ranks seventh nationally.
Senior Stephen Saenz, the SEC Champion in 2011 and 2012, finished second in shot put with a throw of 65-6.25 (19.97m) and senior D.J. Smith, the defending SEC Champion in the men’s high jump, had his best meet of the season, clearing 7-01.25 (2.18m) to finish second. Freshman Teray Smith and Khalil Henderson placed fourth and fifth in the 200m.
The Tigers, who are one of 10 SEC teams in the rankings, will return to action on May 29-31 at the NCAA East Preliminaries at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
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