Freshman Fleck Has Heck of a High Jump

Fayetteville, Ark.--Auburn freshman Ryan Fleck finished second in the high jump at the NCAA Track and Field Championships with a personal record jump of 7-3 3/4 on Friday night.

His finish was the best in Auburn history for a high jumper at the NCAA outdoor meet. After clearing his first five heights, he missed twice at 7-5 and then missed his final jump at 7-6.

"I couldn't ask for much better," Fleck said "Coach (Scott Richardson) had me prepared and it ended up working out for me pretty well. I just believe that what place I finish isn't the biggest deal, but if I can make myself better and improve each year then the places will come, and if they don't but I get better every year I'll be happy with that."

Scott Sellers of Kansas State won the event at 7-5 and scored 10 points. Fleck scored eight for the Tigers.

With 11 of the 21 events completed going into Saturday's competition, the final day of the four-day meet at the University of Arkansas, the Tigers are in 11th place with 12 points. Oregon is in first with 31 points, LSU is second with 30 and Florida is third with 21.

In other news from the meet:

*The men's 4x100 relay team ran a time of 39.35 to finish seventh. The team of sophomore Stephen Fly, senior Jerod Wims, sophomore Michael DeHaven and freshman Marcus Rowland finished .04 seconds off their season-best time. Florida won the race with a time of 38.58.

*Junior Jean-Pierre Weerts was 14th in the men's 5,000 meters in a time of 14:22.98.

*Sophomore Joanna Atkins advanced to the finals of the women's 400 with a time of 52.33, the sixth fastest run in the prelims. She will try to score the first points for the AU women's team in the meet.

*On Saturday Cache Ambrister will compete in the women's 200 finals and Rowland will run in the men's 200.

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