Bad weather forces Auburn to leave Florida Relays early

GAINESVILLE, Florida – After just a full day of competition at the Pepsi Florida Relays, repetitive weather delays on Saturday forced the Tigers to head home early from Percy Beard Track.

Despite only having the opportunity to appear in 16 events, the Tigers took advantage of it, recording nine personal bests, one national top-five outing and another crack at a school record.

“Those who were able to compete before the weather got bad did very well,” the Auburn head coach said. Ralph Spry noted. “We have to focus on what we can control, and it’s not the weather. We’re going to go home and prepare to get back to competition next week. The conference championships will be here before we know it, and we have to make the most of every opportunity by then.”

Senior All American Joyce Kimeli carried the torch for the Tiger runners with a blistering time of 4:15.56 on her outdoor debut in the women’s 1500m. Kimeli’s time is the fifth-best in program history and fourth-best in the nation so far in the season.

First-year student Cooper Atkins also wowed the Tiger distance crew, finishing fourth in a field of 36 in the men’s 1500m behind a run of 3:44.06, less than two seconds off Auburn’s freshman record. Thanks to teammates ryan kinnane and Tommy McDonoughthe Tigers were the only team capable of placing three runners in the event’s top 10.

Auburn’s throwing team also continued to deliver their weekend outings with the 1-2 javelin throw from Ashley Carter and Keira McCarrell and All-American hammer thrower Madi Malone.

In Friday’s competition, Carter bettered her personal best from last weekend with a game-winning throw of 53.49m/175-06. The national leader of the women’s javelin, Keira McCarrell secured second place with a throw of 51.80m/169-11.

With a throw of 67.30m / 220-09, Malone nearly broke her own hammer record in consecutive weeks as the senior achieved the second best mark in program history. The Wichita, Kansas native’s throw was less than a yard from her week-long record.

Also piecing together strong outings and career-high marks for the Tigers was a freshman Hallie Porterfield in the women’s 1,500m (4:29.42), second year Lexie Leinnewweber (3.91m/12-10) and rookie Rhiannon outfit (3.76m/12-4) pole vault, junior Dani Gregoire in the hammer throw (54.73m/179-07), both Kinnane (3:45.90) ​​and McDonough (3:47.35) in the 1500m, and freshman Quinten Wynn to the disc (45.33m/148-08).

FOLLOWING

The Tigers have set their sights on the Joe Walker Invitational in Oxford, Mississippi as they are set to battle it out in another skillful encounter on April 8-9.

RELAY PEPSI FLORIDA
Percy Beard Trail
Gainesville, Florida
April 1-2, 2022

200m WOMEN

25. Aalliyah Francois 23.74

400m HURDLES WOMEN

18. Tylar Colbert 59.24

1500m WOMEN

2. Joyce Kimeli 4:15.56
18. Hallie Porterfield 4:29.42*

WOMEN’S POLE VAULT

6. Lexie Leinnewweber 3.91m/12-10*
ten. Rhiannon outfit 3.76m/12-04*

WOMEN’S LONG JUMP

11. Gasoline Thomas 5.60m/18-04.50
23. Elise Heddens 4.97m/16-03.75
X. Janaya Jones MISTAKE

WOMAN HAMMER

3. Madi Malone 67.30m/220-10
25. Dani Gregoire 54.73m/179-07*
27. Jocelyn Budwig 52.44m/172-00

WOMEN’S JAVELIN

1. Ashley Carter 53.49m/175-06*
2. Keira McCarrell 51.80m/1169-11
12. Shaniya Holley 44.11m/144-09

200m MEN

25. Brandon Smiley 21.12
32. Jevony Murray 21.27

400m HURDLES MEN

36. Caden Ciul 54.90

1500m MEN

4. Cooper Atkins 3:44.06*
8. ryan kinnane 3:45.90*
ten. Tommy McDonough 3:47.35*

MEN’S LONG JUMP

26. John Murray 6.37m/20-10.75

MAN HAMMER

6. Kyle Brown 67.06m/220-00
8. Erik Ebel 65.23m/214-00
9. Kyle Moison 64.38m/211-03

JAVELIN MEN

12.Josh Wallace 53.18m/174-06

HIGH JUMP MEN

X. TJ Funches NH

MEN’S POLE VAULT

9. James Courson 4.91m/16-1.25
ten. Matthew Asplund 4.91m/16-1.25

MEN DISCUSSION

17. Ethan Richter 45.68m/149-10
19. Quinten Wynn 45.33m/148-08*

*- Personal record

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