Auburn senior Stephen Saenz finished fifth in the men's shot put during
the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward
Field, capping his Auburn career as a seven-time All-American. The Rio Grande
City, Texas, native, best throw of 64-10.75/19.78m came on his fifth of six
missed a majority of the 2013 outdoor season with a torn pectoral muscle,
earned his third outdoor All-America honor in the shot put after finishing
second in 2012 and 10th in 2011.
year I hurt myself, so this is probably the one that means the most because I
worked so hard to get back," Saenz said. "I couldn't lift my arms above my
sides 14 months ago, so to come out here and compete with the best throwers in
the country, it feels pretty good."
in the first flight, Saenz's mark of 63-11/19.48m was good for third in his
flight and eighth overall to advance to the finals. After his fourth throw,
Saenz posted his best mark of the night to move from eighth to fifth place
before fouling on his last attempt.
Saenz's fifth-place showing, the men are in 13th in the team
on Thursday for the Tigers will be freshmen Teray Smith and Khalil Henderson in
the men's 200m semifinals (8 p.m. CT) and freshman Ebony Morrison and junior
Samantha Scarlett in the women's 100m hurdles semifinals (9:20 p.m. CT).
The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
will be streamed online on ESPN3 exclusively on Thursday and will be broadcast
on ESPNU Friday and Saturday. Thursday's coverage will begin at 5:55 pm CT.
Friday's ESPNU coverage begins at 6:30 pm CT, and Saturday's coverage is slated
for 4 pm CT.
Live results for the NCAA Championships can be found online at www.flashresults.com.
INFORMATION SOURCE: AU Athletics Dept.