Goulbourne Is Golden At NCAA Track Meet

Baton Rouge, La.--Thursday was golden for Auburn junior <b>Elva Goulbourne</b> as her impressive season continued in style with another national individual title at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Goulbourne won the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 4 1/2 inches. Earlier this year she won the NCAA indoor title, too. That distance tied her school record she set in winning the SEC title earlier this month. The junior has entered seven long jump competitions this season and has won them all.

"I am extremely proud of Elva," said Auburn coach Ralph Spry. "She has given our team some momentum heading into the final two days. We qualified the people that we had expected on Thursday and are looking forward to the remainder of the weekend."

The multi-talented Goulbourne also qualified for the 100 meters final by running an 11.46, good enough for third place in her heat. That was her second fastest 100 of the season.

Skinny Legs Of A Champion

Goulbourne scored 10 points for the Tigers with her win in the long jump, the first points of the event for the Auburn women. That moved Auburn in to a tie for sixth place with Clemson, Purdue and North Carolina State after seven events. UCLA is first with 25 points and is followed by Washington State (16), Kansas State (13), Southern Cal (11) and Iowa State (10.5).

For the Auburn men's team, Sanjay Ayer came through with a personal record time of 45.31 in the 400 meters to qualify for Saturday's finals. Shameron Turner ran a 47.11 and did not make the finals. However, Turner contributed to the 4x400 relay team that ran 3:05.22 to qualify for the finals with Dean Griffiths and Fred Sharpe joining Ayre in the race.

Sharpe will compete in the 400 hurdles final on Friday. Senior Reedus Thurmond, the SEC champion, is one of the favorites in the discus competition that will be held on Friday.

The Auburn men are tied with Oregon in 11th place with five points scored on Wednesday by long jumper Osbourne Moxey. Only three men's events have been scored. Georgia is the leader with 15 points and is followed by host LSU with 11 and Eastern Michigan with 10. Wichita State, Notre Dame and SMU are next with eight points apiece while Stanford, Dartmouth, DePaul and Southern are one spot ahead of Auburn with six points.

Freshman Kaylah Burks finished tied for 14th in the women's high jump and did not score points after clearing only the opening height of five feet, seven and 1/4 inch.

On Friday, the AU women's 4x100 relay team of Timicka Clarke, Camica White and Natalee Sterling plus Goulbourne will run in the finals of the women's 4x100-meters.

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