Gallimore, Sands Shine At Mideast Track Regional

A large number of Auburn men and women had good showings at the NCAA Regional meet in Baton Rouge, La.

Baton Rouge, La.--Auburn seniors were impressive winners the men's and women's triple jumps on Saturday at the NCAA Mideast Regional Track Meet as the Tigers qualified most of their competitors for the NCAA Championships.

Seniors Leevan Sands and Shelly-Ann Gallimore were the individual winners for the Tigers in the second and final day of the meet at Bernie Moore Stadium on the campus of LSU.

Sands, who won the long jump on Friday, leaped 56 feet, 9 1/4 inches to take his second title. He is expected to have a strong shot to win one or two NCAA individual titles. His triple jump easily outdistanced runnerup Aarik Wilson of Indiana, whose best jump was 55 feet, 5 3/4 inches.

Gallimore, the 2001 NCAA champ in the triple jump, continues her comeback from an injury. She leaped 44 feet, nine inches to capture her title. Like Sands, she dominated the field, winning by more than a foot. Nicole Toney of LSU jumped 43 feet, 7 3/4 inches to finish second.

Freshman Edis Elkasevic came through for the Tigers in grand style with a personal record throw of 192 feet, seven inches to finish second in the discus to qualify for the nationals. On Friday, he qualified for the shot put. Corey Martin finished ninth in the discus with a throw of 172 feet, seven inches and did not qualify. Gaute Myklebust from Memphis won the event with a toss of 198 feet, 3 inches.

Edis Elkasevic

In the men's 100 meters, Marc Burns ran his collegiate best time of 10.03 and finished just off the pace set by Tyson Guy or Arkansas and Mardy Scales of Middle Tennessee State, who were both clocked at 10.02 with Guy declared the winner. Burns, who finished fourth at the NCAA meet last year as a freshman, qualified for a return trip to this year's meet in Austin, Tex., June 9-12.

Junior Damion Berry qualified for nationals with a fifth place in the 400 meters in a time of 46.09. Kelly Willie of LSU smoked the field with a blazing 44.81.

The second best showing for the women's team was sprinter Fana Ashby, who ran an 11.26 in the 100 meters to take second place and qualify for the NCAA Championships. Muna Lee of LSU won the event on her home track in a time of 11.00.

Josanne Lucas

In the women's 400-meter hurdles, AU's Josanne Lucas qualified for the NCAA meet with a third place time of 57.62. Beau Walker of Alabama won the race in 56.50. AU's Markita James did not qualify as she took eighth in 58.37.

Senior Stacy Martin took fourth place in the shot put with an Auburn record toss of 53 feet, 9 1/4 inches. Janae Strickland of Missouri won the event with a toss of 55 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Martin's effort was a personal-best, breaking the mark she set at the 2004 SEC meet. She was also fourth place in the discus to qualify in that event on Friday.

Senior Spring Dawson advanced to the NCAA meet by running 4:18.43 to take fifth place in the 1500-meter run. Lindsey Gallo of Michigan won the run with a time of 4:11.27. Dawson's effort was a personal best and the second fastest in school history.

The women's 4x400 relay team qualified for the nationals with a third place showing. Junior Treska Baptiste and Kareen Gayle combined with sophomores Josanne Lucas and Markita Jones to run a time of 3:34.63, which is their fastest of the season. Tennessee won the event with a time of 3:29.60.

Gayle just missed automatically qualifying for the NCAA meet in the 800 meters. She ran a 2:04.88, which placed her sixth. She couldn't beat Beata Rudzinska of Arkon, who ran a 2:03.98 for fifth. Kameisha Bennett of Tennessee had the fastest time of 2:02.44. However, Gayle will advance to the NCAA meet because her school-record time gets her in as an at-large qualifier.

Kaylah Burks tied for the second highest high jump of the meet with her second best jump of the season at 5-8 1/2, but did not qualify as she finished 11th due to having more misses.

Of the 68 men's teams that participated, Auburn had the third highest men's point total with 51. Arkansas, the no. 1 ranked team in the country, put 95 points on the scoreboard and host LSU was next with 70. Ohio State was fourth with 48 and Tennessee was fifth with 43.

Of the 70 women's teams in the regional, LSU was the big scorer with 111 points. Tennessee was next with 65 and was followed by Michigan with 53, Arkansas with 51 and Auburn with 47.

Eleven athletes qualified at the regionals for the NCAA meet in 14 events. Two other Tigers, decathlon specialist Maurice Smith and 10,000-meter runner Angela Homan, had previously qualified for the nationals.

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