PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Auburn track and field team continued competition at the 121st Penn Relays on Friday with two top-3 finishes and will send three Tigers to the finals on Saturday.
“All in all, we did pretty well today,” head coach Ralph Spry said. “Jonielle Smith, Teray Smith and Samantha Scarlett all advanced to the finals, which is big as it is very competitive. Marshay Ryan had a pretty solid effort to finish third in the women’s championship long jump. We came in light in a couple areas and ran a couple of relays, but tomorrow we have to come back and have some more solid marks in the individual events.”
Senior Samantha Scarlett won heat two of the 100m hurdles at 13.73 to advance to the finals. Freshman Jonielle Smith ran the second-fastest time in prelims in the 100m at 11.65 to advance to the final.
The shuttle hurdle relay team of Scarlett, Ebony Morrison, Raven Stewart and Sashel Brown placed runner-up with a time of 56.04. Sophomore Teray Smith clocked a 10.55 in the 100m and will advance to Saturday’s final.
Sophomore Marshay Ryan finished third in the women’s triple jump championship with her second-longest jump of the year at 42-2.75/12.87m.
At the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Calif., junior Rachel Dincoff set a new personal record in the discus with a throw of 178-0/54.27m.
Action at the Penn Relays will get underway for Auburn at 1:30 p.m. CT with the men’s triple jump while the finals will get underway with the 100mH at 2:15 p.m. CT.