June 7, 2018
Eugene, Ore. - The Auburn women's sprint corps lead the way on Day 2 of the NCAA Outdoor Championships Thursday as sophomore Natalliah Whyte and senior Jonielle Smith advanced to the finals of the 100m and the 4x100m relay also advanced to Saturday's final day of action.
Running side-by-side of the third and final heat of the 100m semifinals, Whyte and Smith each clocked an 11.11. Whyte finished second in the heat, narrowly beating Smith by four one-thousandths of a second. The two had the fourth and fifth fastest semifinals times as Smith's time was a personal best.
Smith and Whyte earlier in the day joined Renae Shaw and senior Dominique Bullock to clock a season's best 43.11, good for fifth overall in the semifinals. The time was the second fastest in school history.
Bullock earned her first All-America honors placing tenth in the long jump with a mark of 6.36m/20-10.5, the third best performance of her Auburn career.
Junior Kylee Carter and junior Peyton Montgomery took home second-team All-America honors placing tenth and fifteenth in the javelin throw. Auburn's school-record holder in the event, Carter's best toss came on her third and final throw with a mark of 51.20m/168-0. Montgomery's best of 48.54m/159-3 also came on her last attempt.
One of just four freshmen in the shot put, Tori McKinley was 21st, with a put of 15.33m/50-1. McKinley joined Bullock, Carter and Montgomery as all first-time competitors at the NCAA Outdoor meet.
The Auburn men will wrap up the 2018 season Friday as sophomores Nathon Allen, Akeem Bloomfield and Raheem Chambers will race in finals action. Chambers will race in the 100m dash at 6:22 p.m. PT/8:22 p.m. CT, while Allen and Bloomfield will compete in the 400m at 6:32 p.m. PT/8:32 p.m. CT.
ESPN will television Friday's action, while live results can be found at https://auburntige.rs/NCAATFResults