Tiger Star Injured at NCAA Meet

Eugene, Ore.--Auburn's best men's hope for an NCAA individual title was injured in his championship final and Auburn's top female hope was unable to defend her title on Friday at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.

Sophomore Marcus Rowland, the country's top-ranked sprinter in the 100 meters, strained a muscle in his left leg and limped to the finish line in eighth place. He was at the front with Florida's Jeff Demps 60 meters into the race when he was hurt. Demps won the race with a time of 9.96.

Rowland will not be available to run on Saturday in the 4x100 relay.

Joanna Atkins made a strong start in the women's 400 race she won at least year's NCAA meet, but faded down the stretch to finish third with a time of 52.01.

"I felt good in warm-ups," Atkins said. "I did pretty well coming out of the blocks, but I talked to my coach and he said I ran the first 200 too hard and then the headwind pretty much killed me. But I gave it a good fight, I worked hard, I kept pushing and even though I'm not happy with my time but it was the best I could give today."

Also scoring for the Auburn women was junior Sheniqua Ferguson, who finished sixth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.32. Ferguson, the NCAA indoor 200 champ, will compete in that event on Saturday.

The Auburn women's team has nine points and is tied for 21st with nine of the 21 events remaining. Host Oregon is the leader with 30 points, two ahead of Iowa State.

The Auburn men's team has three points and tied for 43rd. Texas A&M leads with 46 points and Florida is second with 28 points.

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