Sands Wins Two Events At SEC Indoor Track

With a double winner leading the way, the AU men had a strong showing in Lexington at the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Lexington, Ky.--The Auburn men slipped from first to third on the final day despite a record performance at the SEC Indoor Track Championships while the AU women placed seventh.

Florida swept the team titles with the Gators scoring 128 points in the men's competition to edge Arkansas by two points. Auburn was third with 83 points, 12 ahead of LSU. Although Auburn has finished as high as second nationally in seven seasons under head coach Ralph Spry, the third place was the highest finish for his team at the conference meet.

In the women's competition, the Lady Gators scored 105.5 points and Tennessee was second six points back. Auburn scored 48 points.

Competing at Nutter Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Kentucky, Leevan Sands and Shelly-Ann Gallimore led the Tigers on Sunday by taking first place in the men¹s and women¹s triple jumps.

"I am really pleased with our men's performances over the weekend," Spry said. "We finished third behind two good teams that have a lot of depth. We are real excited about lining up again in two weeks (at the NCAA meet).

Coach Ralph Spry

"In an SEC competition the total points are a little more condensed and in the national competition the points are spread out more, but we will keep the same quality athletes in competition. In two weeks, we will be hungry and will challenge for the national title."

Sands set an new SEC Indoor record with his triple jump of 55 feet, 4 3/4 inches. He also won the long jump to score 20 points, more than anyone in the men¹s competition.

"It was good to be able to come back this season and win the triple jump for the second year," Sands said. "It was overall a great SEC Championships for me. I am happy to go back to Auburn with two titles and get ready for the (NCAA) championships."

Gallimore won her second SEC indoor triple jump title with a leap of 44 feet, four inches, the second best mark in the country so far this year. "It was great to get out there and do so well today and winning the event was a great honor. I will go home and get ready for the NCAA Indoor Championships in two weeks."

In the opening event of day three, Auburn had three athletes score points in the men's weight throw. Freshman Cory Martin led the Tigers coming in fifth with a (63-10 1/4) performance. Michael Cobb and Colton Hodge notched new career-highs, coming in sixth (62-10) and seventh (62-5).

In the men's 800 meters, Sherridan Kirk turned in an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 1:48.16. This also marks a career-best for Kirk and is the third best time in Auburn indoor history.

In the 60 meters, Marc Burns placed second in a time of 6.64 to add eight points. Damion Barry ran a career-best 46.74 in the 400-meters.

With the fifth best time in Auburn history, Andrew Heath ran to a fourth place finish in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:19.98. This was his first time competing in the event this season and this marked a new personal record for him.

In the relays, the distance medley team of Alex Amodeo, Kevin Pawlik, Ryan McMullin and Clay Askew, came in ninth with a time of 10:10.40. The 4x400-meter relay (Smith, Kirk, Barry and Burns) finished fourth with a time of 3:13.21

"On the women's side, it was frustrating to have a solid meet like we had and then have a false start cost us from finishing in the top six in the SEC," Spry said. "Again, all the teams that beat us are ranked extremely high on the national level. We just have a young team this season. With Shelly-Ann jumping well and Fana Ashby sprinting well, we hopefully have enough firepower to put us in the Top 15 nationally."

Angela Homan, competing in the 5000 meters for the first time this season, ran to a third place finish with the third best time in Auburn history (16:40.80), which is also a personal best.

Ashby was fourth in the 60 meters with a time of 7.31. She also competed in the 200 meters and barely missed the automatic mark (23.50), placing eighth with a time of 23.55, a career-high.

In the women's mile, Spring Dawson was sixth in 4:50.02. Caitlin Reese turned in a provisional mark in the 800 meters, placing eighth with a time of 2:06.97. Sarah Reese came in ninth with a time of 2:12.66.

In the shot put, Stacy Martin threw a provisional standard of (50-6 1/4) to finish seventh. Ronda Gullatte came in 13th with a throw of (47-6.50).

The distance medley relay (C. Reese, Ashby, S. Reese and Dawson) came in fourth with a time of 11:40.66.

With a career-high (12 feet, six inches), Katie Curtis finished sixth in the pole vault to score for the Tigers.

Men's Final Team Scores

1. Florida 128

2. Arkansas 126

3. Auburn 83

4. LSU 71

4. Georgia 71

6. Tennessee 60

7. South Carolina 39

8. Kentucky 32

9. Alabama 3

10. Mississippi 16

Women's Final Team Scores

1. Florida, 105.5

2. Tennessee 99.5

3. LSU 84.5

4. Georgia 81

5. South Carolina 72

6. Arkansas 50.5

7. Auburn 48

8. Kentucky 42

9. Vanderbilt 25

9. Alabama 25

11. Mississippi State 21

12. Mississippi 9

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