EUGENE, Ore. (Press Release) – Auburn junior Rachel Dincoff earned a ninth place finish in the shot put on Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Dincoff set a personal-best with a throw of 55-0/16.76m on her third attempt, which ranks as the eighth-best mark in program history.

“We knew coming in that this was going to be a grind,” head coach Ralph Spry said. “Rachel Dincoff had a great PR and just missed scoring by an inch. She is just a junior, so she will be able to come back stronger next year in the shot put. She qualified for the discus on Saturday, so she still has a chance to give us some huge points. I am looking forward to tomorrow. We have our opportunities in front of us tomorrow and Saturday, so we have to take advantage of it.”

Junior Jessie Johnson finished 13th in the pole vault with a clearance of 13-9.25 to become the program’s first All-American in the event. Freshman Jonielle Smith placed 16th in the 100m with a personal-best time of 11.37, and sophomore Sashel Brown finished 16th in the 400m hurdles at 58.48.

Auburn will return to action Friday at 6 p.m. CT as junior Shawn Johnson will compete in the high jump and triple jump, and sophomore Kahlil Henderson will compete in the 200m final, which is set to begin at 8:10 p.m. CT.

Friday’s action can be seen live on ESPN and on the Watch ESPN app from 6:30-9:00 p.m. CT. Live results of the NCAA Championships can be found on


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