Sharpe Performance Scores For Tiger Track Team

Baton Rouge, La.--<b>Fred Sharpe's</b> third place finish in the 400-meter hurdles was the highlight for Auburn at the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Friday.

Sharpe ran a 49.76 by making a strong move in the last half of the race. "I thought I came out a little slow," the junior said. "A couple of the other runners passed me at the third hurdle so I knew I had to turn it on.

"The last 200 meters I was able to pass a few guys and make my move. I saw the opportunity to pass Colquhoun (Lueroy Colquhoun of LSU) and am pleased to finish in third."

Sharpe earned All-American honors for the performance as did senior Reedus Thurmond, who took seventh in the discus with his best toss of the season--195 feet, two inches. Janus Robberts, a senior from SMU, won the event with a toss of 204 feet, seven inches.

The women's team had a disappointment when the 4x100 relay team was disqualified due to a problem on an exchange. The AU women did not score on Friday.

Going into the final day of competition, the Auburn women have 10 points and are tied for 12th with North Carolina, Yale, Purdue and Clemson. UCLA leads the competition with 44 points, South Carolina is second with 40 and Florida is third with 24.

The Auburn men are in ninth place with 11 points. Host LSU leads with 29 points with SEC rivals South Carolina and Florida tied for second with 19 points.

"We have given ourselves a chance to finish in the Top 10 on both sides," Coach Ralph Spry said. "Reedus and Fred gave us some points on the men's side, while Elva Goulbourne (100 meters) and Shelly-Ann Gallimore (triple jump) will look to do the same for the women tomorrow. Our main goal was to finish in the Top 10, and we still have a chance to do so."

The 4x100 relay team of Goulbourne, Camica White, Timicka Clarke and Natalee Sterling finished seventh, but was disqualified after Goulbourne's hand-off to Clarke was ruled out of the third exchange zone.

Goulbourne qualified in the 100-meter semi-finals, running 11.58 to finish fourth in her heat. The finals are on Saturday. On Thursday, she won the long jump title to go seven for seven this season in winning her speciality.

"I have been healthy this season and I think having a lighter schedule in the indoor season really helped," she said.

Sanjay Ayre will compete in the open 400 for the Tigers on Saturday and will join the men's 4x400 relay team featuring Sharpe, Dean Griffiths and Shameron Turner.


NCAA Track and Field Scoreboard


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Day Two: Goulbourne Is Golden


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