Smith Paces Tigers at NCAA Track Meet

A report on Auburn's performances at the NCAA Championships is featured.

Eugene, Ore.--Led by a third place finish in the 200 meters by sophomore Nivea Smith, the Auburn women's team finished 12th at the NCAA Track and Field Championships while the Auburn men finished 37th.

"It's a long meet and a lot of good things happened for us," Coach Ralph Spry said. "We had a couple of chances to help ourselves in a few events and didn't capitalize on it, and there is very little room for error in this meet. But still, we're leaving with quite a few All-Americans and I'm proud of how we lined up and competed."

The top performance for the men on Saturday was a fifth place in the 4x100 relay. The Tigers ran the event without sophomore star Marcus Rowland, who was injured on Friday in the 100 meters. The quartet of junior Stephen Fly, redshirt freshman Harry Adams, junior Michael DeHaven and sophomore Neil Danville finished fifth with a time of 40.44.

In the final event of the meet for Auburn athletes, the women's 4x400 relay team of junior Cache Armbrister, sophomore C.C. Williams, freshman Kai Selvon and senior Joanna Atkins finished sixth with a time of 3:33.17, which was .01 seconds off their season best.

The women's 4x100 time was seventh in 44.43 with senior Shaquela Williams, Atkins, Ferguson and Smith running for the Tigers.

Texas A&M won both the men's and women's team titles for the second year in a row. In the men's race, the Aggies scored 55 points to edge Florida by a point. The Texas A&M women scored 72 points to win by 15 points over host Oregon. The Auburn women scored 23 points and the men finished with seven points.


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