Auburn athletes earn All-American honors at NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championship

Alejandro Massey
June 10, 2017

Look for Mecole Hardman, a recent addition to the men's 4x100 relay team which earned the 12th and final qualifying spot at the NCAA East Prelims, and potentially give the team a strong finish.

In South Dakota's first seven years of NCAA Division I eligibility in outdoor track & field, the Coyotes have tallied one national champion, garnered 13 All-America honors and boasted 18 qualifiers to the NCAA Championships.

And Brown, a freshman at Texas A&M, is entered in the women's discus. "During indoors I ran a 14 minute 5k (13:50 at ACC) and closed in 25 seconds over the final 200". His final lap time of 53.6 seconds in the NCAA regional at the University of Kentucky helped him finished second behind Kiprotich there.

Texas A&M turned in its usual championship outing thanks to titles in the decathlon (Lindon Victor), javelin (John Kyriazis), 400 (Fred Kerley) and 4×400 relay, but the surprise of the meet was Virginia. "There are times where we lost a couple points here and there, Florida lost some points here and there".

In her NCAA Championships debut, junior Shelby Brown ran 10:24.05 in the 3000-meter steeplechase semifinals for 23rd place.

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Jillian Hunsberger took to the track in the finals of the 10,000-meters finishing with the No. 2 time in program history. His time of 20.76 in the 200 was good enough for sixth place and the best finish for a Longhorn in the event since 2006. "It's definitely sad that this is my last meet as a Jayhawk because this has been such a special time in my life, but I'm happy with the way it ended". He also won the NCAA indoor mile in March. She also swept SEC Indoor and SEC Outdoor silver medals for the event while being named the SEC Women's Outdoor Co-Freshman Runner of the Year.

King will be on the track for three events on Friday including the 100 Meter, 200 Meter and 4×100 Meter races.

After Kintyhtt fouled on his first attempt, the senior hit a mark of 51.07 meters. BU's first event will be the pole vault with Annie Rhodes starting at 5 p.m. (7 p.m. CT).

The NCAA Championships are being broadcast on the ESPN Family of Networks with Friday's Evening Session with the Men starting at 5:30pm Pacific Time on ESPN.

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