Men's Track in 2nd, Harris Wins High Jump

A report on the SEC Track and Field Championships from Auburn is featured.

Auburn, Ala.—The Auburn men slipped into second place at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Hutsell-Rosen Track on Saturday while Raevan Harris picked up an individual SEC title in the women's high jump.

The Auburn men with 39 points are just six back of the Arkansas Razorbacks heading into the final day of competition. The Auburn women are in sixth place with 26 points while Florida is holding a commanding lead with 70 points.

"We're still grinding it out," Auburn coach Ralph Spry said. "We don't have a lot of opportunities to score so we have to take advantage of the opportunities we do have. For the most part I feel good about the way we're lining up."

Harris' high jump of six-feet was an inch and a half ahead of second place Brittney Reese of Ole Miss. "It went well today," Harris said of her SEC title in the high jump. "I made some progress. In the past couple of weeks I haven't been able to hold my lean and I ended up pulling it all together today. It feels good to be a champion. This is my first championship and it's a good feeling."

Reese of Ole Miss also set an SEC meet record in the women's long jump, breaking Auburn's Elva Goulbourne's mark that lasted five years. She jumped 22 feet, five and a quarter inches (6.84 meters), while Goulbourne's record was 6.83 meters.

"I'm very pleased with Raevan," Spry said. "The girl that she beat from Mississippi has been very dominant all year. We talked the other day about how this is our house and we can't go down without a fight, and Raevan came in, was consistent, and I'm glad for her to be SEC champ."

In the late afternoon field events, the men's side picked up 15 points in the discus. Cory Martin picked up eight of those with a second place toss of 192 feet, three inches. Edis Elkasevic finished in fifth with a toss of 185 feet, five inches. Zach Clayton came in sixth with his long throw of 183 feet, seven inches. Kentucky's Chase Madison took the individual crown with a throw of 198 feet, one-inch.

"Our throwers came up big again," Spry noted. "We're in a situation where we have to get every break we can get. We came out of the discus with 15 points, and that was a great job and was a really big boost for us."

Katalin Mate also placed for the women with a throw of 46 feet, four and a quarter inches for a point and eighth place in the shot put.

The men's and women's 3000 meter steeplechase were the only scoring track events on Saturday with preliminaries being held most of the evening. Scott Novack scored three points for the men with his sixth place finish and time of 9:00.39. The Razorbacks picked up 13 points in the event to take a six-point lead to finish the day.

Scoring heading into Sunday

Men

1. Arkansas45
2. Auburn39
3. Alabama28
4. Kentucky27
5. Florida22
6. Tennessee21
7. Ole Miss17
8. LSU16
9. Georgia12
10. Mississippi State6
11. South Carolina1

Women

1. Florida70
2. Arkansas52.5
3. Kentucky46.5
4. Ole Miss30
5. LSU26.5
6. Auburn26
7. Alabama23
8. Tennessee21
9. Mississippi State20
10. Georgia18
11. South Carolina10.5
12. Vanderbilt7

Events resume on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. starting with the men's javelin. However, the rest of the events are scheduled between 3 p.m. and 8:35.

"Our key people are still doing what we need them to do," Spry said. "We're going to keep grinding and hopefully we'll get some help from some other teams that will give us a chance to be a factor Sunday night.

"Ty Akins won his heat (of the 110m hurdles) and set up a showdown with the guy from South Carolina (Jason Richardson)," Spry added. "If Ty runs a good race tomorrow, we could have another SEC champ."

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