Track Teams Finish 4th at SEC Championships

Knoxville, Tenn.--The Auburn men's and women's teams each finished fourth at the SEC Track and Field Championships on a rainy Sunday while junior Sheniqua Ferguson won the commissioner's trophy as the top scorer in the women's competition.

The women's team scored 97 points in the competition won by LSU with 132. Florida was second at 107.5 and Arkansas edged Auburn with 98.5 points.

In the men's competition the Tigers scored 88 points to trail Florida (124), LSU 100 and South Carolina 89.

Auburn athletes won six events on Sunday and eight in the competition held at the University of Tennessee.

"When you look at the number of titles we won and how many points we scored, it tells you the kind of meet we had," Auburn coach Ralph Spry said.

Coach Ralph Spry

"It also reminds you just how tough this league is to do that well and finish fourth," he said. "We had a couple of things that we didn't capitalize on and a couple of key injuries that hurt us. We thought we had a chance to compete for the team titles, but even though it didn't pan out we still competed well and represented Auburn in great fashion."

Ferguson won the 100 meters in a time of 11.19 on Sunday and took the 200 with a time of 23.09. She also ran on Auburn's winning 4x100 relay to become AU's first women's high scorer at the meet since Lacena Golding did it in 1998.

"I feel really good," Ferguson said after the 100 meters. "I just wanted to go out there and give it my best. I knew it was really close coming down the stretch, but I knew I had great top-end speed so I just stuck with my form and I was able to come out with the win.

"After the 100 I was kind of tired mentally with the rain and the delay," Ferguson said. "I just wanted to go out and make my teammates proud and make up some points so I'm happy. Coming in I knew I had a better 200 this season than a 100, so winning the 100 was just a bonus for me."

The team of Ferguson, Nivea Smith, Shaquela Williams and Joanna Atkins won the 4x100 in 43.38.

Atkins won the title in the 400 meters in a time of 52.58.

Sophomore Ben Cheruiyot was a double winner for the men taking the titles in the 5,000 meters in a time of 14:02.50 after earlier winning the 10,000. "I'm so excited," said Cheruiyot. "After winning the 10,000 I knew I was ready for the 5,000. I feel good. I was not worried because I knew I was ready. I've been training for this."

Senior Felix Kiboiywo won his second SEC title in the men's 1500 meters in a time of 3:51.07.

Felix Kiboiywo runs to victory in 1,500 on Sunday. He won the same event in 2008.

Sophomore Marcus Rowland ran a time of 10.17 in the 100 meters to finish second to Florida's Jeff Demps, who ran a 10.06. Rowland was fourth in the 200 with a time of 20.92.

Former Auburn football player Harry Adams, who is a redshirt freshman in track this season, runs the 4x100 relay for the Tigers.

The men's 4x100-meter relay team of junior Stephen Fly, redshirt freshman Harry Adams, junior Michael DeHaven and Rowland finished third with a season-best time of 39.31, which is the fourth fastest in school history.

The next meet for the Tigers in the NCAA regional May 27-29 in Greensboro, N.C.

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