Trio Of Tigers Score At NCAA In the 100

A report on Auburn's performances at day three of the NCAA Track & Field Championships is featured.

Des Moines, Iowa--Auburn sprinters Harry Adams, Marcus Rowland and Kai Selvon scored in their 100 meters finals races as the Tigers earned their first points on day three of the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Friday.

Adams took second place as he was narrowly edged in a photo finish by Andrew Riley of Illinois, who ran a time of 10.272 seconds to 10.274 for Adams. Rowland finished fifth in the tight race with a time of 10.298.

Running into a five miles per hour wind, Adams was unable to match his semi-finals school record time of 9.98 he ran on Wednesday when he was the fastest qualifier.

Harry Adams (left) and Marcus Rowland (right) sprint in the 100 final.

"I feel good about the race," Adams said. "I'm happy to run a good race and be healthy. Now it's time to get ready to run again tomorrow." The junior will compete on Saturday in the finals of the 200 meters and on the 4x100 relay team.

Selvon put the women's team on the scoreboard, finishing fifth to earn five points. Like Adams and Rowland, the sophomore also had a close race within the final.

Octavious Freeman of UCF and Selvon were neck and neck for fourth place down to the wire. Selvon's official time of 11.403 topped the freshman Golden Knight by three-thousandth of a second to get the extra point.

"Kai looked really good warming up," Auburn head coach Ralph Spry sad. "Coach Rolle (assistant Henry Rolle) had her looking really good so I felt good about her chances going in. She finished strong and when she runs the 100 meters strong, then you know she is set up to run well in the 200 meters."

Selvon, a sophomore, will run in the 200 final on Saturday.

Kai Selvon runs the 100 in lane eight.

In the men's race the Tigers earned eight points for second place plus four for Rowland's fifth place finish. The Tigers head into the final day with 12 points in a tie for 15th place with Kansas State. Florida is first with 36 followed by Virginia Tech with 28.

"Coming into the 100 meters our goal was to get 15 points, but Keenan Brock didn't make the finals," Spry said. "Twelve points is pretty close. I couldn't be happier. We lost the race by one-thousandth of a second. Marcus Rowland was one-thousandth from being in fourth. You can't even blink an eye at that. It could have been anyone's race."

Maya Pressley started the day for Auburn, passing the first three heights in the women's high jump. After making jumps of five feet, seven inches, 5-8 and 5-9, she narrowly missed on her third and final attempt at 6-0 and finished 11th. Only the top eight places score points. The women's team heads into the final day of competition tied for 40th place. LSU and Oregon are the co-leaders with 40 points with Oklahoma third with 24.

Saturday's competition starts early for the Tigers as two-time SEC shot put champion Stephen Saenz competes in his best event at 10 a.m. CDT.

The men's best chance to win a title is in the 4x100 relay, takes place at 11:03 a.m. Auburn has the best collegiate time this season in the event. Brock will join Adams in the 200 finals.

"Stephen has been chomping at the bit to compete," Spry said. "He's a gamer. You don't have to motivate him. I think he will put out a great effort and score some big points. Harry is a competitor so I expect him to come out hungry in the 200 meters and we know Keenan Brock is ready to run again. I'm also looking forward to seeing what our 4x100 relay can do."

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