Tigers Have Strong Performances in SEC Track

Gainesville, Fla.--The Auburn men moved up one place and the women jumped three spots on the final day of the SEC Track and Field Championships that featured two individual titles and one relay victory for the Tigers.

The event winners were all women with senior Raevan Harris taking the high jump title and junior Danielle Gilchrist winning the 400-meter hurdles crown. The Auburn 4x100 relay team also finished first.

Host Florida won the women's title with 135.5 points and was followed by LSU (113), Tennessee (106), Arkansas (96.5), Auburn (76), Kentucky (56), Alabama (52.5), South Carolina (51), Georgia (45.5), Ole Miss (44) and Mississippi State (42).

Arkansas took the men's title with 141 points and was followed by Florida (129), LSU (98.5), South Carolina (88), Auburn and Georgia (72), Kentucky (55), Tennessee (53), Mississippi State (44.5), Alabama (33.5) and Ole Miss (32.5).

The meet is the final one for the Tigers before they head to the NCAA Mideast Regionals on May 29-30 in Louisville, Ky., the qualifying meet for the NCAA Championships.

"It's a very tough league and we knew we were going to have to scrap for every point," Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. "We missed a few opportunities here and there that could have helped us out, but we did have an awful lot of kids step up, and young kids at that, and that's what we were looking for. Now we can carry this over into the regional meet and hopefully have a good national meet."

Harris cleared 5-11 1/2 in wet conditions to win her third straight SEC title (2008 and 2009 outdoors and 2009 indoors) in the high jump. LSU's Brittani Carter also cleared 5-11 1/2, but finished second due to more misses.

Raevan Harris

"On my first attempt the wet surface intimidated me a little bit, but I just sucked it up and used that to motivate me," Harris said.

Gilchrist ran a season-best time of 57.83 in winning the 400 hurdles after finishing second in the event last year. "I just decided that no one was going to catch me in this race and I finished strong over that last hurdle," she said.

Gilchrist also scored in the 100 hurdles, running a 13.49 to take fourth despite being seeded seventh.

With freshman C.C. Williams on the anchor leg, the 4x100 relay team of junior Shaquela Williams plus sophomores Joanna Atkins and Cache Armbrister overcame handoff troubles to win the event in 44.10. It was the first SEC title for the Auburn women in the event.

Atkins scored in two individual events. She was third in the 200 meters in 23.48 and fourth in the 100 in 11.42.

The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Gilchrist, Atkins, Armbrister and Williams ran a season-best time of 3:34.40 to finish second. Williams added a fourth place individual finish in the 400 meters with a time of 54.33.

Freshman Marcus Rowland was a key man for the Tigers in the men's sprints. He took third in the 100 meters in 10.13, the second fastest time in Auburn history for a freshman. LSU's Trindon Holliday won in 10.01.

Rowland was also third in the 200 meters in 20.73. He was the anchor on the 4x100 relay that took fifth with sophomore Stephen Fly, senior Jerod Wims and sophomore Michael DeHaven running a season-best time of 39.50.

Zach Clayton

Also on Sunday, football player Zach Clayton showed once again he is a standout in the discus taking second place with a toss of 182 feet, 10 inches. He finished sixth at last year's meet.

Freshman Girma Mecheso, who was second in the 10,000 meters on Friday night, took third in the 5,000 on Sunday with a time of 14:00.32. Auburn junior Jean-Pierre Weerts was fifth in 14:07.30 and freshman Ben Cheryiout placed 10th in 14:19.36.

Junior Felix Kiboiywo, the 2008 SEC champion in the 1500 meters, finished third in that event with a time of 3:44.13.

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