Spry Pleased With Day One Showing at Regional

Columbia, Mo.--Cory Martin continued his impressive spring performance and two other Auburn Tigers qualified for the nationals on Friday at the NCAA Mideast Regional Track Meet.

Martin won the men's hammer throw with a toss of 226 feet, seven inches, a stadium record and a Mideast Regional record. Teammate Jacob Dunkleberger took second with a mark of 224 feet, two inches. Martin is ranked No. 1 nationally in the event.

Cory Martin has his sights set on an NCAA title in June.

Raevan Harris tied the women's high jump record with a leap of 6-1 1/2 while finishing second.

Six other Tigers advanced to finals scheduled for Saturday. The only major disappointment was the women's 4x100 relay, which is ranked second nationally, failing to qualify for the June 6-9 NCAA Championships after taking a disqualification when there was a mixup on a baton handoff that was out of the exchange zone.

"All in all we had a pretty solid day," said Auburn head coach Ralph Spry. "This is a scored meet, but our main objective here is to advance as many people as possible to nationals.

"We had one letdown with our women's 4x100m and we were counting on that relay to advance. Other than that, everybody did what they were supposed to do. We came out and took care of business, so I'm pretty excited about our performances today."

Harris broke a record set in 1989 by Sissy Costner. "I'm very excited," she said. "I'm almost surprised because my shin has really been bothering me and I did better than I thought I would do, but I'm very happy."

Senior Kerron Stewart ran a 22.74, the fastest qualifying time in the 200 meters. Also AU's top runner in the 100, she decided not to compete in that event. Tracy Ann Rowe advanced to the finals of the 100, finishing second in her heat with a time of 11.64, the fourth fastest.

Ty Akins won his heat of the men's 110-meter hurdles to advance to Saturday's finals. Akins ran a time of 13.90, which was the third-best mark among the eight qualifiers.

Reuben McCoy won his 400 hurdles heat in a time of 51.07, the second fastest of the day.

Felix Kiboiywo reached the finals of the men's 1500 meters, placing second in his heat with a personal-best time of 3:44.05, which ranks ninth in school history.

Danielle Gilchrist reached the finals of the women's 400 hurdles, placing second in her heat and fifth overall in the prelims with a time of 58.25, which is just off her season best of 58.10.

Former NCAA champion Edis Elkasevic, who is recovering from injuries, did not qualify in the discus with a throw of 160 feet, 11 inches. Michelle Williamson did not qualify in the women's high jump with a mark of 5-7 1/4.


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