AU Men Third at NCAA Meet, Stewart Wins 200

Sacramento, Calif.--The Auburn men's team finished third and the women were 12th at the NCAA Track and Field Championships as senior Kerron Stewart ended her college career as a champion on Saturday.

Stewart won the 200 meters in a time of 22.42, defeating Simone Facey of Texas A&M, who turned in a time of 22.64. Stewart wrapped up her senior season winning every race she ran, both qualifiers and finals. It was her first outdoor national title to go win championships indoors at 60 meters and 200 meters.

The men's team finished with 34 points. FSU, the pre-meet favorite, was the winner with 54 points and LSU was second with 48 points. The Auburn women, the 2006 national champs, finished 12th this year with 22 points. Arizona State won the women's title with 60 points while LSU was second with 53.

The third-place finish is tied for second-best in men's team history at the outdoor nationals, matching the finish at the 2000 meet and trailing only a second-place finish in 2003.

With Jake Dunkleberger winning the hammer and Ty Atkins winning the 110 hurdles on Friday, Auburn athletes won three events, which matches the school record for most individual champions in an NCAA Championship meet.

"Overall I'm really pleased with how we lined up and competed this weekend," Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. "I knew coming in that we didn't have a lot of depth, but we had a lot of quality and a lot of mature athletes that have been here before. For our men to finish third with two national champions is incredible, and almost everybody we brought was All-American."

Kerron Stewart races to victory on Saturday in Sacramento.

Stewart, who earned All-American status for the ninth time, said, "I'm happy with the win and the time. When Igot in the straightaway I said, ‘It's do or die. I'm either going to take this race or I'm going to get beat', and I just made up my mind to win the race. I just thank God that I was able to finish the race in good health, and I can't ask for more. I've done my best for Auburn, and now I just have to take that experience and move forward."

Also on Saturday, another senior, Michelle Vaughn, finished third in the triple jump with a leap of 44 feet, 7 1/2 inches. She finished third in the indoor meet, too.

The only competitor for the men's team on Saturday was senior Cory Martin. He threw the shot put 62 feet, 7 1/4 inches to take seventh place and score two points. He also scored six points earlier in the week in the hammer with a third place finish.

Auburn's 2007 All-Americans:

Ty Akins (1st, 110 Hurdles)

Jacob Dunkleberger (1st, Hammer Throw)

Kerron Stewart (1st, 200)

Cory Martin (3rd, Hammer Throw; 7th, Shot Put)

Tracy Ann Rowe (3rd, 100

) Donald Thomas (3rd, High Jump)

Michelle Vaughn (3rd, Triple Jump)

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