Jarrett Jumps Tigers to 2nd at NCAA Track

Sacramento, Calif.--Auburn's Jovanee Jarrett leaped 21 feet, 2 1/2 inches to claim the long jump title at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the fourth-ranked AU women's track team.

Jarrett's teammate, SEC Cross Country Athlete of the Year Angela Homan, took fifth place in the 10,000 meters on Thursday night.

Auburn has 14 points with two events in the books. That puts Coach Ralph Spry's women's team in second, one point behind Arizona State.

"This was a really unbelievable second day," Spry said. "At this meet you have to be both good and lucky. We weren't expected to score many points today. Potentially we could have scored zero, but we scored 14, so that gives us a big boost.

"We have a lot of momentum going right now. We have to keep up the energy we've got and try not to look too far ahead and it could be a fun finish. It was a great day for the Auburn Tigers."

Jovanee Jarrett leaps high in the long jump event in Sacramento.

Jarrett competed at last year's NCAA meet, but didn't qualify for the finals.

"I'm so happy right now," said Jarrett. "I woke up this morning and told myself that I was going to come out a winner. I came out here and gave it my all and I did turn out to be the winner.

"I had a lot of flashbacks to last year," Jarrett added. "I told my teammates that last year I had to sit in the stands and watch them in the finals, but this year they were going to sit in the stands and watch me."

Homan, who finished seventh last year in the 10,000, moved up two spots with her time of 33:47.14. Homan, a senior, has now earned All-American honors seven times in track and cross country.

"It was a great race," Homan said. "I wish I would have placed a little bit higher, but everybody is up for this meet and today wasn't the day for me. I know it's top five, but I would have liked to have been in the top three my last year."

Angela Homan (54) wraps up her collegiate career for the Tigers.

In other news from Thursday's action:

*Kerron Stewart, ranked No. 1 in the 100 meters, advanced into Saturday's final by winning two heats in times of 11.34 and 11.18, the fastest run of the day in that event.

*Markita James, who has the fastest women's collegiate time this season in the 400 hurdles, opened a big early lead in her heat before easing home in 57.57. She and the other 400 hurdlers will run the semi-finals on Friday.

*Josanne Lucas also qualified for the 400 hurdles final by winning her heat in 57:05.

Reuben McCoy (right) runs for the Tigers in a qualifying round of the 400-meter hurdles. McCoy earned All-America honors in the event as a freshman last season.

*In the men's 400 hurdles, sophomore Reuben McCoy ran the fastest time in the opening round to qualify for the semi-finals. His mark of 49:77 was just off his season fastest run of 49:47.

*Ronda Gullatte threw the hammer 191 feet, 11 inches, falling just under four feet shy of qualifying for the finals.

*The Auburn Tigers will have athletes in four finals Friday with Lucas in the 100 hurdles, Katalin Mate in the discus, Michelle Williamson in the high jump and the women's 4x100 relay team. Other action will include Stewart and Tamara Thomas in the semi-finals of the 200 and Michelle Vaughn in the qualifying round of the triple jump.

*The men's team, which is redshirting three of its star performers, has yet to score in the meet.

*Competition in Sacramento will run through Saturday.


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