Auburn Athlete Wins NCAA Individual Title

Fayetteville, Ark.--Junior <b>Elva Goulbourne</b> won the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday with a leap of 21 feet, 11 inches.

Goldbourne became the seventh Auburn female to win an individual NCAA title and the first to win the long jump.

"Elva's performance today has put the women's team in position to finish in the top eight tomorrow," Auburn coach Ralph Spry said. "We have Shelly-Ann (Gallimore) competing tomorrow and we expect good things from her." Gallimore is a triple jumper.

The women's team has 10 points from Goldbourne's win. LSU is the leader with 21 points and is followed by Florida with 20, Arkansas with 18.5, UCLA 18, Indiana and Illinois 16, Arizona 14 and Colorado and BYU with 11. The Auburn men have not scored.

Spry said, "On the men's side, I was very proud of Shameron (Turner) and Fred (Sharpe) in making the finals in their respective events. They both have a chance at becoming All-Americans tomorrow." In the men's 800 meters, junior Sharpe qualified for Saturday's finals after running 1:48.99, his second-fastest time this season. Turner finished second in his 400 heat and qualified for Saturday's finals after running 46.38.

Junior Stacy Martin, who earned All-SEC honors this season by finishing second in the weight throw at the SEC Championships, took 11th place and earned All-America honors in the weight throw Friday by throwing 63-07.00. She was eighth among Americans competing, therefore, earning the first All-American honor in the women's weight throw in Auburn track and field history.

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