After an indoor track season that was dominated by Auburn's sprinters and jumpers, it was the distance runners who showed off in the outdoor season's opening meet.
Four Auburn athletes recorded personal bests on Friday, with three coming in the 5,000-meter run and one in the 10,000-meter run.
Senior Taylor Duncan and sophomore Kenzley Defler finished first and second, respectively, in the 5,000-meter run at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta. Defler finished in a career-low 17:24, two seconds behind her teammate.
Junior Veronica Eder, competing at the Raleigh Relays, ran a 34:17 in the 10,000-meter run, which was a personal best by over a minute. The time ranks fourth-fastest in Auburn history and is currently third-fastest in the country this season.
On the men's side, sophomores Mitchell Gomez and Kevin Wyss each set personal bests in the 5,000-meter run at the Yellow Jacket Invitational. Gomez and Wyss finished second and third in the event, respectively.
Auburn will return to action at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday with events beginning at 10:30 a.m.