AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn track and field team is set to begin the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, June 7-10 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The Tigers will have 14 athletes competing in 15 events and three relays.
The four-day meet will be shown live across ESPN platforms from Wednesday-Saturday. Primetime viewing will be on ESPN2 Wednesday (7:30 p.m. CT) and Thursday (6:30 p.m.) and ESPN Friday (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (5:30 p.m.).
“We are excited to get started tomorrow,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “We have been preparing for this all season and I think we are ready to go out there and compete. This is one of the most talented teams I have brought to outdoors and if we compete as hard as I know we can, we have a good chance to do well.”
The Auburn men come into NCAA Outdoors ranks No. 7 in the latest USTFCCCA polls, released on May 30. Competing for the Tiger men will be freshman Nathon Allen (400 meters, 4x400m relay), freshman Akeem Bloomfield (400 meters, 4x400m relay), Randall Ceneus (400 meters, 4x400m relay), freshman Raheem Chambers (100 meters, 4x100m relay), senior Kahlil Henderson (400 meters, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay), junior Odean Skeen (100 meters, 4x100m relay), senior Teray Smith (200 meters, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay) and senior Wellington Zaza (110 meter hurdles). Sophomore Mark Rubalcaba will travel to Eugene as a relay alternate.
The Auburn men have three individuals and two relays with marks that currently rank in the NCAA’s top-eight, including freshman duo Allen and Bloomfield, who rank second and third in the men’s 400 meters. Tiger seniors Henderson (4), Smith (3) and Zaza (3), combine for ten All-American honors over their careers.
The women head to Eugene ranked No. 18 in the latest polls. Auburn women’s qualifiers are sophomore Jenae Ambrose (200 meters, 4x100m relay), senior Sashel Brown (400 meter hurdles, 4x100m relay), senior Veronica Eder (5000 meters, 10,000 meters), senior Marshay Ryan (triple jump), junior Jonielle Smith (100 meters, 4x100m relay) and freshman Natalliah Whyte (200 meters, 4x100m relay). Sophomore Dominique Bullock will be a relay alternate for the Tigers.
On the women’s side, two runners and one relay currently stands in the NCAA’s top-eight. An SEC runner-up in the 400 meter hurdles, Brown currently ranks sixth in the event with a time of 56.20, which ranks third in Auburn history. Smith ranks third in Auburn history and eighth in the nation with an 11.08w in the 100 meters.
The Auburn men are set to kick off day one with semifinals of the 4x100 meter relay at 6:32 p.m. CT and end with the 4x400 meter relay semifinals at 9:48 p.m. The women will be in action Thursday.
|6:32 p.m.||4x100m Relay||Raheem Chambers, Kahlil Henderson, Teray Smith, Odean Skeen|
|7:32 p.m.||110mH||Wellington Zaza|
|7:46 p.m.||100m||Raheem Chambers|
|8:00 p.m.||400m||Nathon Allen, Akeem Bloomfield, Randall Ceneus|
|8:44 p.m.||200m||Kahlil Henderson, Teray Smith|
|9:48 p.m.||4x400m Relay||Nathon Allen, Akeem Bloomfield, Randall Ceneus, Kahlil Henderson|