Tigers Show Their Moxey in Day One at NCAAs

Baton Rouge, La.--With the third longest jump in Auburn history, senior <b>Osbourne Moxey</b> finished fourth in the men's long jump at the opening day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships.

Moxey jumped 26 feet, one inch, his best of the season. He became Auburn's first All-American men's long jumper since Del Smutherman did it in 1995.

He scored five points for the Tigers to put the Auburn men in seventh place after two of 21 events. Georgia is in first with 15 points.

The Auburn women have not scored yet after three of 21 events. UCLA is in first with 15 points.

Five Auburn athletes qualified for the finals in their events and two did not.

"We had a solid first day," said coach Ralph Spry. "Even though we had two athletes fail to qualify for their event finals, we still have a chance to have a very successful weekend on both the men's and women's sides. I am very pleased with the performance of Osbourne Moxey."

The women's 4x100-meter relay team of Camica White, Elva Goulbourne, Timicka Clarke and Natalee Sterling qualified for Friday's final in 44.52, the eighth fastest time. That time was AU's second fastest time this season and the seventh in school history. Clarke ran 24.02 in the 200-meter dash to finish fifth in her heat and fail to qualify for the finals.

In the men's 400-meter hurdles, Fred Sharpe edged Florida's Rickey Harris at the tape to finish first in his heat in 49.79 to qualify for Friday's finals. Sharpe's performance was the second best in school history. Dean Griffiths ran 50.44 and failed to qualify for the finals.

On Thursday Kaylah Burks will compete in the high jump, Sanjay Ayre and Shameron Turner will run the 400 meters, Elva Goulbourne competes in the 100 meters and the long jump and the metric mile relay team of Ayre, Turner, Sharpe and Griffiths will try to qualify for the finals.

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