AUBURN, Ala. – The seventh ranked Auburn track and field men’s team advanced four individuals and two relays to Friday’s finals on day one of the 2017 NCAA Track and Field, Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Four Tigers also earned Second Team All-American honors on the day.
“Today was a really good day for our men,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “We picked up where we left off at NCAA Prelims and posted some strong marks. We put ourselves in position to score some good points on Friday. This is a tough competition and I am proud of these guys for stepping up and competing. We are really starting to fire on all cylinders and I look forward to watching these guys compete on Friday.”
The men’s 4x100 meter relay squad provided an early spark as Odean Skeen, Kahlil Henderson, Raheem Chambers and Teray Smith ran a collegiate season best 38.47 to advance to the finals on Friday. Their time ranks second in Auburn history and stands as the sixth fastest time in the world this season.
Freshman duo Akeem Bloomfield and Nathon Allen also advanced to Friday’s 400 meter final. Bloomfield won the second heat with a time of 44.95 and Allen rans 45.05 to win the third heat. Randall Ceneus earned second team All-American honors as he ran a personal best 45.82 to finish 13th overall in the event.
Skeen ran his way into the 100 meter final with a time of 10.05, finishing second in the second heat. Skeen’s time ranks ninth on Auburn’s all-time performance list. A freshman, Chambers finished 16th overall with a personal best time of 10.20 to earn second team All-American honors.
A senior from the Bahamas, Smith qualified for the 200 meter final for the first time with a time of 20.36. The 2016 Olympian finished third in the first heat. Henderson ran 20.55 in the third heat and finished 13th overall to earn second team All-American.
The Tigers capped off the night with an easy win in the third heat of the men’s 4x400 meter relay.
Wellington Zaza earned his second straight All-American honors in the men’s 110 meter hurdles as he ran a 13.74 to finish 16th overall.
The women’s semifinals will kick off tomorrow at 6:32 p.m. CT at Hayward Field with the 4x100 meter relay. Veronica Eder will wrap up day two with the 10,000 meter final at 9:08 p.m.
|6:32 p.m.||4x100m Relay||TBD|
|7:46 p.m.||100m||Jonielle Smith|
|8:30 p.m.||400mH||Sashel Brown|
|8:44 p.m.||200m||Jenae Ambrose, Natalliah Whyte|
|9:08 p.m.||10,000m||Veronica Eder|