Philadelphia, Penn. - The Auburn women's 4x100-meter relay team advanced to the Championship of America finals as the Tigers' track and field teams opened competition at the 117th Penn Relays Thursday.
Steady rain showers delayed much of the day's events and limited the Tigers to competing in just five events.
The 4x100-meter relay team got the Tigers off to a strong start by posting the sixth-best time of 44.82 seconds to advance to the finals. The team of juniors Ashley Cruder and Nivea Smith and seniors Sheniqua Ferguson and Joanna Atkins will run in the finals on Friday afternoon.
"We had some rain delays today that put us behind schedule, but the main thing about today was that we had the 4x100-meter relay team that ran very well," head coach Ralph Spry said. "That's was what we came here to do was get ourselves in a position to run in the finals which is the Championship of America. We are off to a good start though."
Freshman Niklas Buhner also competed in the men's 3000m Steeplechase on Thursday. He placed 11th with a time of 9:11.28.
On the women's side, senior Stephanie Barnes competed in the women's 3000m Steeplechase where she finished 12th recording a time of 10:37.76.
Auburn had the first place finishes in both the men's and women's 10,000m championship. Senior Holly Knight competed for the women finishing with a time of 34:10.98. For the men, junior Ben Cheruiyot recorded a time of 29:18.58.