AU ROUNDUP: Track grabs 7 titles at Classic

Auburn track and field athletes won seven event titles as the Tigers hosted the Tiger Track Classic Saturday at Hutsell-Rosen Track.

Tigers grab 7 titles

Auburn track and field athletes won seven event titles as the Tigers hosted the Tiger Track Classic Saturday at Hutsell-Rosen Track. The Tigers, who also had the top collegiate mark in three other events that included unattached athletes, won three relays, two distance races, one sprint and one field event.

Auburn had the top two finishers in the men’s 100 meters in a near dead heat that put them atop the national leaderboard. Freshman Keenan Brock won with a time of 10.21 seconds, while sophomore Harry Adams was a close second, also in 10.21 seconds. Entering the weekend, the fastest time in the nation was also 10.21 seconds. Their times rank sixth and seventh in Auburn history.

Auburn cruised to victories in both the men’s and women’s 4×100-meter relays. In the women’s race, the team of senior Joanna Atkins, senior Sheniqua Ferguson, sophomore Kai Selvon and junior Nivea Smith clocked a time of 43.80 seconds that ranks second in the NCAA this year and seventh in school history. In the men’s event, senior Stephen Fly, Adams, freshman Clay Porter and Brock won with a time of 40.17 seconds.

The Tigers also won the women’s 4×400-meter relay, with the team of Atkins, Smith, Ferguson and Selvon posting a time of 3:38.82.

Redshirt freshman Stephen Saenz won the discus for the second weekend in a row with a top throw of 52.84 meters (173-4) to edge Mke Schallmo of Duke by one inch.

Senior Holly Knight breezed to an easy victory in the women’s 1500 meters, recording a time of 4:26.68 that ranks seventh in Auburn outdoor history. She finished nearly 10 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

In the final event of the evening, junior Ben Cheruiyot won the men’s 3,000 meters, breaking the facility record with a time of 8:09.10.


GYMNASTICS

AU places 4th at Regionals

The No. 22 Auburn gymnastics team (9-14, 2-4 SEC) placed fourth at the 2011 Tuscaloosa NCAA Regional on Saturday night in Coleman Coliseum, notching its second-highest team score of the season with a 195.600. Junior Kylie Shields qualified to compete in the all-around at the NCAA Championship in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 16 after tallying a 39.250.

The Tigers began the night on the uneven bars with Abbey Habicht leading off for the fourth consecutive meet scoring a 9.725. Auburn was led in scoring by junior all-arounder Kylie Shields posting a 9.850. Junior Allyson Sandusky followed with a 9.800, while senior Leah Vining and sophomore Petrina Yokay added scores of 9.750. Sophomore Toi Garcia rounded out the event with a 9.650, as they finished their first event with a 48.875.

Auburn then moved on to balance beam for the second rotation. Shields led for the Tigers again with a 9.875, while freshman Abbey Habicht and Sandusky added scores of 9.775. Senior Lauren Brzostowski scored a 9.750 and Garcia added a 9.700. Auburn finished the event with a 48.875 and had a third rotation bye.

Following the bye, the Tigers headed to floor for the fourth rotation. Inniss led Auburn with her fourth 9.900 of the season followed by Shields with a 9.850. Four scores of 9.800 came from Brzostowski, juniors Laura Lane and Justine Foster and sophomore Toi Garcia. The Tigers posted a 49.150 for its second-highest score of the season.

Auburn rotated to vault for their final event in the fifth rotation. Garcia and Foster led the Tigers with a score of 9.800. Sandusky followed with a 9.725 while Brzostowski earned a 9.700. Shields and Yokay both received a scored a 9.675. Auburn scored a 48.700 on vault and had a bye for the sixth and final rotation.

Alabama won the meet with a 197.275, while Illinois finished second with a 195.925. Penn State was third with a 195.850, while Kentucky (195.175) and Central Michigan (195.075) placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

SOFTBALL

AU upsets Tenn.

After a frustrating extra-inning loss in the series opener, the No. 21/22 Auburn softball team struck back against the No. 10/11 Tennessee Lady Vols by scoring in each of first three innings en route to a 9-1 victory in Game 1 on Saturday to even the series at one win apiece.

Auburn improved to 29-6 overall and 9-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee dropped to 28-6 overall and 6-4 in the SEC. The Tigers and Lady Vols conclude the three-game series at noon today.

“This was a good way to bounce back after last night,” Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. “Our hitters came through and kept putting pressure on Tennessee. We got off to a great start, scoring three runs in the first, and they just kept it going. Lauren Schmalz did a very good job holding Tennessee to one run.”

After stranding 11 runners on base in Friday night’s 2-1 loss in 10 innings, the Tigers pounded-out a season-high 13 hits Saturday against the Lady Vols. Morgan Estell had a team-best three hits in the game, while Elizabeth Eisterhold, Lauren Guzman and Katie Colton had two hits apiece.

Lauren Schmalz improved to 12-2 with a complete-game victory. Schmalz allowed one run, earned, on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Ivy Renfroe started and took the loss for Tennessee to fall to 9-3.

WOMEN’S GOLF

AU in 8th at Classic

The No. 20/21 Auburn women’s golf team carded a 9-over-par 297 Saturday at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., placing the Tigers in a tie for eighth with Wake Forest at 15-over 591. Auburn is just 14 strokes out of the lead heading into Sunday’s final round.

“The course played pretty tough today, scores were up across the board, but I think we handled it alright,” said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. “We are not out of it, there are a lot of teams within striking distance at the top of the leaderboard. We just have to talk about some things tonight and come back out here to work tomorrow.”

All five Tigers carded between a 76 and 78 in the second round with junior Patricia Sanz leading the way with a 4-over 76, finishing the day in a tie for 31st at 9-over 153. Fellow junior Haley Wilson is the overall team leader, carding a second-round 78 to finish the day in a tie for 19th with a 7-over 151.

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