2009 Auburn Tigers Track and Field
The Auburn Tigers men's Track and Field team passed a wonderful season in 2008. The Tigers finished fifth at the 2008 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships and Auburn players Felix Kiboiywo, Amelia Anderson and Cory Martin all won individual titles.
At the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships ,the Auburn's men finished 2nd with 73 points. The Auburn men earned the second place at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with 44 points. It is the second time that the Auburn men took home a second-place trophy at the NCAA outdoor meet. Individually, the Auburn Senior thrower Cory Martin won his second NCAA championship in 2008.For the upcoming 2009 season the Auburn Tigers men's Track and Field team looks strong under the head coach Ralph Spry.
Last Season's Discussion:
The Auburn Tigers Track and Field Men's team finished 2007 ranked 3rd nationally. In 2006 it was Auburn's Women's T & F team who won the NCAA National Championship.
This year head coach Ralph Spry is conditioning Auburn's Men's team to follow suit. It was unfortunate that the Auburn Tigers track and field men's team had to lose several players during their 2006 season due to injuries. As a result, the team failed to finish in the top 10.
However, 2006 was much better and this year the team has a lot of experienced players on the roster, including two-time shot put champion for the NCAA Edis Elkasevic, who was out of commission last year, and eleven All-American athletes: Ty Akins, Jacob Dunkleberger, Cory Martin, Reuben McCoy, Shamar Sands, Mark Johnson, and Donald Thomas. The latter two are transfers into team.
2009 Auburn Tigers women's Track and Field
With a young squad, Auburn Tigers women's Track and Field team passed a bright season in 2008.The team finished seventh at the 2008 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Auburn woman Amelia Anderson won her first SEC title in the women's 400m hurdles with a personal-best time of 57.15. At 2008 NCAA the team women finished 15th with 14 points. Auburn Tigers women's Track and Field team, which consists of some young athletes, gained valuable experience from the 2008 season. Under the guidance of the head coach Ralph Spry , the Auburn Women's team looks promising for the upcoming 2009 season.
Last Season's Discussion:
The Auburn Tigers track and field women's team lost a number of members this year. So, they aren't predicted to do as well as the men's team. The women's team does have two returning All-American members, Kerron Stewart and Michelle Vaughn. Stewart earned six All-American honors in her first year and was labeled the Southeastern Conference and Mideast Runner of the Year.
Also on the Auburn Tigers women's team this year is Katalin Mate and Michelle Williamson who are national qualifiers.
The team schedule starts with events at the Clemson Invitational and then the team travels on to the Indiana Relays road trips to Florida and Arkansas round out the team's adventures before the Southeastern Conference Championships on February 23nd held in Lexington, Kentucky.
The outdoor season finale is the NCAA Indoor Championships in Arkansas on the 9th and 10th of March. It is only a short break from there before the teams have to open the outdoor season schedule.
On March 24th the team will host the Springtime Invitational, which will be one of the three home games for the Auburn Tigers track and field team at their very own Hustell-Rosen Track. Other events that the Auburn Tigers track and field team will be hosting are the Tiger Track Classic on April 6th through the 7th and the Auburn Invitational on the 21st of April.
From there, the Auburn Tigers track and field team will cross country to bump heads in the Georgia Tech Invitational and then head down to Tempe, Arizona to play in the Sun Angel Classic. Finally the Auburn Tigers track and field team is looking at games in the Penn Relays.
The Southeastern Conference Championship will be held on the 11th through the 13th of May, which means only another short break for the Auburn Tigers track and field players and then the qualifying members of the team will head off to Columbia, Montana for the Mideast Regional in hopes of qualifying for a spot in the NCAA Outdoor Championships scheduled to be played on the 6th through the 9th of June in Sacramento.
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