Aug 20, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - Former Auburn women's track standouts Kerron Stewart and Joanna Atkins won gold and silver medals, respectively, as part of relay teams for their countries at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships, held in Moscow, Russia, August 10-18.
Stewart ran the second leg of the Jamaican 4x100 meter relay team that won gold in a time of 41.29, which was the second fastest in history and set a World Championship meet record. Stewart also claimed fifth in the women's 100 meters, with a time of 10.97.
Atkins, running for the United States ran the third leg of a qualifying heat of the women's 4x400 meter relay team that advanced to the finals. Atkins did not run for the US in the finals of the 4x400 that won silver, however, by virtue of running in the qualifying heat, was awarded a medal.
A total of one current and eight former Auburn track and field athletes competed at the World Championships.
Current women's shot putter Valentina Muzaric, of Croatia threw 16.47m/54-0.5 in the qualifying round, failing to advance.
American Cory Martin finished ninth in the men's shot put with a throw of 20.09m/65-11. Martin threw 20.18m/66-2.5 in the qualifying round.
High jumper Donald Thomas placed sixth with a jump of 2.32m/7-7.25. The Bahamian cleared 2.29m/7-6 in the preliminary round to qualify for finals.
Four former Tiger women sprinters also competed at the World Championships, including Bahamians Sheniqua Ferguson, Cache Armbrister and Nivea Smith. Ferguson ran a 11.33 in the 100 meters prelims and advanced to the semifinals where she finished sixth in her heat in 11.35. Armbrister ran an 11.55 in the 100 prelims, finishing sixth in the heat. Smith ran in the 200 meters, posting a time of 23.25 to finish fifth in a preliminary heat.
Sprinter Kai Selvon, competing for Trinidad & Tobago, advanced to the semifinal heat in the women's 200 meters. She ran a 23.14 in the preliminary heat and posted a 23.21 in the semifinals.