Tigers Hope to Make Move at SEC Track

Gainesville, Fla.--The Auburn men's team is sixth and the the women are tied for eighth going into Sunday's final day of competition at the SEC Track and Field Championships.

The Auburn men have 32 points. Arkansas is the leader with 52 followed by LSU with 46.5, host Florida with 41 and Tennessee with 35.

The Tigers lead South Carolina (31), Alabama (18.5), Kentucky (18), Mississippi State (15.5) and Ole Miss (8.5).

Florida has a 46-45 edge over Arkansas in the women's competition. Kentucky is third with 39 followed by Mississippi State and Alabama with 22, LSU with 14, Tennessee with 11 while Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina each have nine points. Ole Miss has eight points.

The majority of the events for both the men and women will be scored on Sunday.

On Saturday the men's team got a second place finish from freshman Ryan Fleck, who cleared seven feet, 1/4 inch in the high jump. He just missed his final attempt at 7-2 1/2 trying to move ahead of Alain Bailey of Arkansas, who won the event at 7-1 1/2.

In the only running event with a final on Saturday, Auburn junior Scott Novack finished third in 3,000-meters steeplechase in a personal best time of 8:53.45, which ranks ninth in AU history. He was seeded ninth in the race.

In the prelims of the 100 meters, freshman Marcus Rowland won his heat to advance to the Sunday's finals with a time of 10.21, which is the fifth fastest in AU history. LSU's Trindon Holliday had the fastest qualifying time of 10.11.

In the women's 100, sophomore Joanna Atkins ran a personal-best 11.34, which tied her for the fastest time in the prelims.

"We had another solid day," Auburn coach Ralph Spry said. "The important thing was most of our key athletes like Marcus Rowland, Joanna Atkins and Danielle Gilchrist stepped up and did what they had to do today to get to the finals. We also had some unexpected people step up like Scott Novack coming through in the steeplechase. We're still in position be a factor this weekend, and tomorrow we have a lot of people competing in the finals, and as long as you're in the finals you have a chance to win."

Gilchrist will compete in the finals of the 100 and 400 hurdles on Sunday.

One of AU's top field events competitors, Eric Werskey, did not qualify for the finals of the shot put with a best toss of 54 feet, 8 3/4 inches.


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