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Tharp Triumphs: SEC Title and Record-Breaking Performance

GAINESVILLE, Florida — Auburn freshman Ja'Kobe Tharp secured a historic victory at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Competing in the men's 110m hurdles, Tharp not only claimed the SEC title but also shattered a 46-year-old American Junior record.

Record-Breaking Run

Despite a slow start, Tharp showcased remarkable form, cleanly clearing all 10 hurdles. His dominant performance led to an easy win with a time of 13.18 seconds, besting the second-place finisher by 22 hundredths of a second. This achievement also marked the fourth-fastest time in the world this year.

Auburn's First Title Winner

Hailing from Basking Ridge, New Jersey, Tharp etched his name in Auburn's track and field history. Not only did he break Renaldo Nehemiah's American Junior (U20) record set in 1978, but he also became Auburn's first conference title winner in the 110m hurdles since Ty Akins 17 years ago.

Team Effort

Tharp's outstanding performance was part of a strong team effort on day three of the championships. Auburn's men's 4x100m relay secured second place, and freshman Max Hardin impressed in the 1500m. Junior Makanakaishe Charamba added a bronze medal in the men's 200m.

Overall, the Auburn men finished with 47 points, their highest total in a decade, thanks to contributions from both the sprints and distance units.

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