May 27, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - Nine members of the Auburn track and field team earned a selection to the 2014 All-SEC Team, the league office announced on Tuesday. The All-SEC First Team consists of the event winner in each event at the SEC Outdoor Championships, while the All-SEC Second Team consists of the second and third-place finishers in each event. The SEC All-Freshman Team is comprised of the top freshman finisher in each event, excluding relays, at the SEC Outdoor Championships.
"The SEC is one of the most competitive conferences in the country year in and year out, and of our nine athletes, five are freshman," head coach Ralph Spry said. "That tells you that we have a really good foundation. When you recruit kids at this level, you never know how they are going to respond as true freshman. When you have people that are named All-SEC as a freshman, you feel very confident in their ability from this point on. I am excited for all nine of our athletes. It really shows you where we are at as a program."
Seniors Niklas Buhner, Stephen Saenz and DJ Smith, along with freshman Justin Carter were named to the Men's All-SEC Second Team. Saenz was runner-up in the shot put after recording a throw of 19.97m. Smith placed second in the high jump with a season-high clearance of 2.18m, while Carter broke the 18-year school-record in the javelin with a distance of 73.04m en route to a second place finish. Buhner finished third in the 3000m steeplechase at 8:54.60.
Junior Valentina Muzaric was named to the Women's All-SEC Second Team after finishing third in the shot put at 16.79m.
Five freshman were named to the All-Freshman Team, headlined by Teray Smith, who was named to the team in the 100m and 200m. Smith finished seventh in the 100m at 10.56, and fourth in the 200m at 20.63. Carter was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team following his second place performance in the javelin.
Ebony Morrison was named to the women's team in the 100m hurdles after placing sixth at 13.46. Marshay Ryan was named to the team in the triple jump with her fourth place effort of 13.20m, and Rachel Givens earned a spot on the team in the 3000m steeplechase after finishing seventh at 10:26.25.
The Tigers return to action on May 29-31 for the NCAA East Preliminaries at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
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