Auburn wins 4x100 meter relay
Tigers finish with a time of 39.34 to win event at Penn Relays
PHILADELPHIA - In 39.34 seconds filled with drama, Auburn 4x100 meter relay team won the program's first Penn Relays 4x100 Championship of America on Saturday afternoon at historic Franklin Field.
"It feels great to finally win at the Penn Relays," Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. "It feels as good as it did to win at the Texas Relays. "The difference here is the crowd. This crowd understands track and field. It is just a really electric feeling here at Penn. We have said all along that it is our goal to win the big four and now we are half way there. I'm really proud of these guys. Harry [Adams] cramped a little yesterday, so we didn't run him today. I weighed out the risk versus the reward and it just wasn't worth it. We put Jeremy Hardy in. I knew he was ready to step up, and he did a great job."
The collegiate leaders held off UTech-Jamaica (39.46) and LSU (39.49) to collect the first Penn Relays men's 4x100 meter title in Auburn history.
Junior Jeremy Hardy subbed for Harry Adams and ran a strong opening leg before handing off to Marcus Rowland. With Adams missing from his normal second leg, Rowland made the difference. The former SEC champion put Auburn in front with an outstanding run before passing the baton to senior Michael DeHaven.
After a slight misstep, DeHaven recovered and maintained the Tigers' advantage with sophomore Keenan Brock waiting to close out the race. The Birmingham native and owner of the nation's third-fastest 100 meter time in 2012 was able to hold off a late charge from UTech's Andrew Fisher and LSU's Shermund Allsop to secure the victory for Auburn.