July 26, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn rising sophomore Marshay Ryan finished seventh in the triple jump finals at the IAAF World Junior Championships on Saturday at historic Heyward Field in Eugene, Ore. Ryan’s top mark of 44-7.5/13.60m is a new personal-record and ties for the fourth-longest jump in school history.
“Coach Adrian Ghioroaie did a great job with Marshay this week and I am really proud of her,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “I am really proud of her for qualifying into the finals and for finishing seventh, as this was a great competition. If you look back, this is probably one of the toughest triple jump finals they have had at the World Junior Championships. I’m proud of her for an incredible year that she had being runner-up at the NCAA Indoor Championships and being named an All-American. This is a great stepping stone for the next three years for her. She not only represented Team USA well this week, but she also represented Auburn University well.”
On Ryan’s first attempt, the Chambersburg, Pa., native recorded an all-conditions personal-record with a jump of 43-7/13.28m, before bettering her mark during the second round with a distance of 44-4.75/13.53m. Ryan’s third jump of 43-10/13.36m, solidified her position in the top-eight for the final three throws. Ryan fell to eighth place after the fourth round, but rebounded on her final attempt, where she tied Michelle Vaughn’s 2007 mark for the fourth-longest jump in program history at 13.60m.
“I think I did great today as I set a new personal-best,” Ryan said. “I was really excited. I am really thankful to God and for everyone supporting me whether it was my family or people from Auburn. It was a blessing to make it to the finals. I now have a whole different outlook on track after this competition. I have a lot of momentum going for me heading into my sophomore season. I know how great I can be. I just have to keep trusting in God, my coaches and keep training hard.”
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