Camila Gomes sets AU freshman mile record at Music City Challenge

Camila Gomes sets AU freshman mile record at Music City Challenge

CLEMSON, South Carolina/NASHVILLE, Tennessee— Auburn freshman Camila Gomes, a mid-year enrollee from Portugal, broke Auburn’s school record for freshmen in the women’s mile to highlight Auburn’s first day of action in Music City Challenge in Nashville and the Tiger Paw Invite in Clemson, South Carolina.

Competing for the first time in an Auburn uniform, Gomes ran a strong race, finishing second in her heat and second overall, clocking 4:38.18 to break the previous freshman mark of set last year by Gene Coetzee. The time was the second-fastest ever by an Auburn woman indoors behind only Presley Weems’ school record of 4:37.41 two years ago.

At Clemson, freshman Kanyinola Ajayi, also competing for the first time at Auburn, finished fifth in the men’s 60-meter dash in 6.63. The native Nigerian was first out of 71 competitors in the preliminary round, clearing 6.64 before running a 6.63 in the semi-final round to finish fourth and automatically advance to the final. The second student Azim Fahmi ran 6.65 in the prelims, good for second overall before posting a 6.65 in the semifinals and was a healthy scratch in the finals.

In the second category of dance for women Rhiannon kept and high Lexie Leinneweber set new personal best heights as they both reached 3.95m/12-11.5. Held was fourth overall, while Leinneweber took sixth.

Senior Kyle Moison set a new lifetime best for the third time in the last four meets dating back to last year in the men’s shot put. Moison was fourth overall with a throw of 20.87m/68-5.75 to surpass his previous PR of 20.86m set two weeks ago at the Razorback Invite. Team mate John Leonard also posted a new PR with a mark of 19.37m/63-6.75.

Transfer of the elderly Adrienne Adams shattered her previous best in the women’s shot put four years ago at UCF with a throw of 18.67m/61-3 good for sixth.

Action on Saturday begins at 8 a.m. CT at Clemson with the women’s shot put, while in Nashville the Tigers will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the women’s 3,000 meters. After Saturday, the Tigers will travel to the SEC Indoor Championships, Feb. 23-24 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational – Day 1
Clemson Indoor Track and Field Complex – Clemson, South Carolina
February 9, 2024

Weight loss for men
4. Kyle Moison 20.87m/68-5.75
9. John Leonard 19.37m/63-6.75

Men’s 60m preliminaries
1. Kanyinola Ajayi 6.64
2. Azim Fahmi 6.65
22. Dario Matau 6.78
33. Makanakaishe Chara 6.82
63. Charlie Sexton 7.03

In the men’s 60m semi-final
4. Kanyinola Ajayi 6.63
7. Azim Fahmi 6.65
15. Dario Matau 6.70

Men’s 60m finals
5. Kanyinola Ajayi 6.63

Men’s Long Jump
Aaron Davis II DNF

Women’s long jump
32. Elise Heddens 5.66m/18-7
33. Paula Grauvogel 5.66m/18-7

Women’s Bat Invitation
T11. Alyssa Quinones-Mixon 3.95m/12-11.5

Women’s 60m hurdles preliminary
23. Danae Nembhard 8.44
27. Paula Grauvogel 8.49
43. Ashanti Harvey 8.90
46. Elise Heddens 9.00

Women’s 60m preliminaries
8. Sing Clinkscale 7.31

Women’s 60m semi-finals
15. Sing Clinkscale 7.31

Women’s weight loss
6. Adrienne Adams 18.67m/61-3

California for women
4. Rhiannon kept 3.95m/12-11.5
6. Lexie Leinneweber 3.95m/12-11.5
7. Brooke Walden 3.80m/12-5.5

400 m for women
12. Vimbayi Maisvorew 52.76
29. Abassiono Akpan 53.99
35. Mount Opeemi 54.63
43. Zuriel Reed 55.14

Music City Challenge – Day 1
Vanderbilt Recreation Center – Nashville, Tennessee
February 9, 2024

Women’s Mile
2. Camila Gomes 4:38.18
12. Gene Coetzee 4:47.84
89. Hailey Marston 5:08.89

Men’s Mile
42. Nickson Chebii 4:10.75
Cooper Atkins DNF

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