RollTide.com contributor Pete LaFleur is profiling four of Alabama's qualifiers in the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships - Diondre Batson, Elias Hakansson, Alexis Paine and Krystle Schade - over the course of the national championships.
Accolades Named SEC Freshman of the Week following performance at the 2013 Mark Colligan Memorial SEC All-Freshman in Outdoor, 2013 for Hammer Throw SEC All-Freshman in Indoor, 2013 for Weight Throw
Freshman 2013 Outdoor Season Re-set UA record in the hammer throw at the SEC Championships with a mark of 214-11 and finished 3rd ... Set the UA record for hammer throw at the Samford Multi Invitational with a mark of 211-4, winning the evnt in the process ... finished 1st at the Crimson Tide Invitational with a mark of 211-3 in the hammer throw ... won the hammer throw with a 210-0 mark at the Alabama Relays.
2013 Indoor Season Set the weight throw school-record at the LSU Indoor Invitational with a mark of 67-6 ¼ ... placed third at the SEC Championships in the weight throw with a mark of 66-6 ... set the (then) school indoor record for weight throw at the Mark Colligan with a throw of 66-9 ¼ ... named SEC Freshman of the Week for performances at the Mark Colligan ... recorded a weight throw mark fo 64-10 ½ at the Indiana Relays for a fourth place finish in the invitional weight throw ... Won weight throw with a 63-10 ½ at the Auburn Invitational ... finished seventh in first career collegiate meet with a weight throw of 56-8.
Prep and Personal Had an outstanding junior career in Scandinavia ... coached by his father, Lars, at Sparvagen FK ... graduated high school in 2010 and sat out the 2010-11 season due to injury before signing with Alabama ... son of Lars and Gunilla Hakansson ... the youngest of three children ... born February 29, 1992, in Jonkoping, Sweden.