Jan. 19, 2014
Final Stats | Results
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Sophomore Elias Hakanssonbroke his own school record in the men's weight throw and more than 10 University of Alabama athletes set personal bests as the Crimson Tide track & field team officially started its 2014 indoor season Saturday at the Auburn Invitational at the Crossplex in Birmingham, Ala.
"We had some good performances today, particularly in the field events, but today was simply about finding out exactly where we are from a competitive standpoint and seeing who was ready to go," said Crimson Tide head coach Dan Waters. "Overall, it was a pretty good day for us but we've got plenty of work to do to reach our goals for this season."
Alabama had performances that ranged from solid to excellent in all disciplines on Saturday as the team showed its renewed versatility. Here's an event-by-event breakdown of Saturday's Alabama competitors:
60 meters: Senior sprinter Alex Sanders was off to an excellent start in his heat of Section A of the 60 meters before he pulled up due to hamstring issues. Multi-Eventer Ryan Glosson also ran the 60, running in Section B, and ran a 7.143 in his Alabama debut. Also in Section B of the 60, Tide volunteer assistant coach Mookie Salaamplaced third in the final in 6.63.
200 meters: Diondre Batson ran in the third section of a 12-section final, but he did not finish the race as he pulled up due to an apparent injury about 50 meters after the start as he entered the back straightaway. Alabama's two finishers in the event were junior transfer Nick Efkamp, who was 12th at 21.79 and senior Akeem Hayneswho placed 17th (22.09).
400 meters: Sophomore Quincy Smith shaved a full second off his PR in the heats, winning heat two in 47.75 to better his old best time of 48.75 on the way to a third-place finish overall among college runners. Sophomore Dwight Davis was second in heat three in 48.69 with freshman Bryan Arthur third in the same heat at 48.87. Freshman Walter Parks III ran 51.43 in his heat. Volunteer assistant coach Tabarie Henry(U.S. Virgin Islands) ran unattached and posted a 47.29 in the heats; the second-fastest time overall on the day just behind Middle Tennessee State senior Emmanuel Tugumisirize's meet record of 47.05.
800 meters: Alabama's Jacopo Lahbi (Treviso, Italy) arrived in Tuscaloosa just over a week ago, but the Italian freshman looked good in his debut, a fourth-place finish in the men's 800 in a time of 1:51.69. That mark was one of four that bettered the meet record of 1:52.29 led by Eliud Rutto of Middle Tennessee State's winning time of 1:50.19, and it was slightly off the all-time Crimson Tide indoor top 10 in the 800. Lahbi won heat two of the three-heat final. Other Alabama competitors were newcomer Alex Amankwah, who was an impressive seventh in his collegiate debut (1:53.08) and sophomore Andrew Harris (8th, 1:53.20) and sophomore Alex Jenkins(18th, 1:55.79).
Mile: Junior Matt Airola dueled with Auburn's Niklas Buhner in the men's mile with Buhner edging Airola at the tape by .04. Buhner's winning time was 4:02.20 while Airola broke the tape in 4:02.24. Airola's time was an improvement of 12.24 over his previous PR (4:14.25 set at this meet in 2013). Both times broke the facility record by almost three seconds. Sophomore Parker Deuel was fifth (4:07.31. Other Alabama finishers were freshman Payton Ballard (22nd, 4:21.94) and freshman Jeff Edmondson(26th, 4:23.81).
60 meters: Senior Sarah Thomas ran a personal best of 7.62 in in Section A of the prelims to place fourth in her heat. Freshman Quanesha Burksalso ran 7.62 in the Section B heats, placing sixth in that section in her Alabama debut. In the Section A final, Thomas blazed another PR of 7.52 to finish second behind former collegiate star Muna Lee, who was running unattached. Burks placed sixth (7.58) in the Section B final.
60-meter hurdles: Sophomore Lacey Dent third in her heat of the women's 60-meter hurdles (8.82) and the seventh-fastest qualifier to the final. Freshman Passion Gamble(8.90) was fourth in her heat and did not advance to the final. In the final, Dent was seventh at 8.67.
200 meters: Senior Sarah Thomas led four Crimson Tide sprinters by finishing 11th in a field of 40 sprinters in the women's 200 meters in a time of 24.79 seconds. Other Alabama finishers were freshman Remona Burchell (14th, 24.87), freshman Brianna Sims (27th, 25.62) and senior Dacia Mays(39th, 27.18).
400 meters: Senior Yanique Malcolm was the leading collegiate finisher in the women's 400, placing fourth overall behind three unattached runners in 55.32. Freshman Alex Gholston was next, placing seventh in 56.66. Senior Shani Chandler was ninth (57.63) with freshman Nicole Sassaman20th (59.61).
800 meters: Senior Aubrielle Wrightwas the lone Alabama competitor in the women's 800, finishing 14th overall in 2:16.19 after placing seventh in the second of three heats.
Mile: A field of 39 runners competed in two heats of the women's mile. While Florida State's Georgia Peel won the event in 4:45.02 to set a new meet record, Alabama sophomore Kimberley Ficenec (fifth, 4:52.07) and sophomore Susie Kemper (sixth, 4:52.50) crushed their previous PRs in the event, Ficenec bettering hers by 4.65 seconds and Kemper chopping 8.02 off her prior best. Freshman Hilary Stafford had an impressive indoor debut, running a PR of 4:54.09 to finish eighth. Sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf specializes in longer distances, but posted a 5:02.30 to place 16th while freshman Anna Leinheiserwas 27th (5:10.60) in her Crimson Tide debut.
3,000 meters: Sophomore Meropi Panagiotou placed fourth in the women's 3,000 in 9:40.52. Freshman Allison Greggwas 17th in 10:17.40.
Weight Throw: Sophomore Elias Hakansson broke the Alabama indoor record and the Auburn Invite meet record in the weight throw with a throw of 20.67 meters (67 feet, 9.75 inches) to take the victory, exceeding his previous Tide record by three inches. Junior Charodd Richardson completed a 1-2 Crimson Tide sweep as he shattered his previous personal best with a throw of 19.17m (64-4) while placing second behind Hakansson. The mark exceeded Richardson's prior PR (59-8.25) by almost five feet. "I thought both Elias and Charodd did an excellent job today of staying locked in and executing," said Tide throws Coach Doug Reynolds. "We're always happy with PR's and school records, but this entire group of throwers has a lot more in them. What this shows is that our base level is higher than it's been, which is what we want at the start of the season."
Shot Put: Four redshirt freshmen competed for Alabama - Hayden Reed, Kyle Felpel, Nathan Karr and Joe Williams. All four had solid outings with Reed (fourth, 16.97 meters/55-8.25) and Felpel (16.92m/55-6.25) leading the way. Karr was 11th (15.25m/50-0.50) while Williams placed 12th (15.24m/50-0).
High Jump: Sophomore Justin Fondrentied for third overall but was the first collegiate finisher in the men's high jump via a clearance of 2.09 meters (6 feet, 10.25 inches). Fondren cleared heights of 1.99, 2.04 and 2.09 without a miss before three misses at 2.14 ended his day.
Long Jump: Senior veteran Kamal Fuller opened his 2014 season with a second-place showing in the long jump with a final mark of 7.37m/24-2.25 while Josh McCullanwas third (7.16m/23-6) with the second-best mark of his Alabama career.
Triple Jump: Freshman Jeremiah Green made a huge impact in his collegiate debut, breaking the facility record and meet record with a winning leap of 16.01 meters (52-6.5), the fifth-longest in Alabama history. Sophomore Imani Brownwas third at 15.00m (49-2.5), just slightly off his PR. Green's winning mark came on his third jump. He fouled on his first attempt, went 15.61 on his second try, and then uncorked the winner on this third jump. After a foul, he had a leap of 15.77 before fouling on his sixth attempt.
Pole Vault: Alabama's lone competitor, Jonny Stiegler, no-heighted.
Weight Throw: Junior Nia Barnes started Saturday's action for Alabama with the second-best throw of her career (18.44m/60-6) to take third in women's weight throw. "Nia did a great job of sticking to the process and being consistent," said Tide throws coach Doug Reynolds. Junior transfer Candicea Bernard, from Golden Springs, Jamaica, was fifth (15.76/51-8.50) in her Alabama debut.
Shot Put: Junior Candicea Bernardtook fourth in the women's shot put with a best throw of 14.58 meters (47 feet, 10 inches) to close her first meet with the Crimson Tide.
Long Jump: Sophomore Callie Iveshoped to go 6.10 meters/20 feet in her 2014 debut, but had to settle for a sixth-place finish with a mark of 5.80m/19-0.5. Ives' first attempt was her legal best. She fouled twice after going 5.80 in opener, then had jumps of 5.59 and 5.46 before passing on her sixth attempt. At least one of Ives' fouls likely exceeded 6.10/20 feet.
Pole Vault: Senior Alexis Paine cleared took second place in the women's pole vault with a clearance of 4.15 meters (13-7.25), good for fifth on the all-time UA indoor list. Georgia's Leleux Morgann won the event with a clearance of 4.25 (13-11.25). Paine cleared the opening height of 4.05 meters on her second try before clearing 4.15 on her first attempt, but she could not clear 4.25 and exited at that point. Freshman Lakan Taylor was third at 4.05 (13-3.50) with sophomore Anna Rawles12th at 3.70 (12-1.50).
Auburn Indoor Invitational
Saturday, January 18, 2014
60 Meters (Section A) - DNF - Alex Sanders.
60 Meters (Section B) - 16. Ryan Glosson, 7.15.
200 Meters - 12. Nick Efkamp, 21.79; 17. Akeem Haynes, 22.09; DNF - Diondre Batson.
400 Meters - 4. Quincy Smith, 47.75; 9. Dwight Davis, 48.69; 11. Bryan Arthur, 48.87; 34. Walter Parks III, 51.43.
800 Meters - 4. Jacopo Lahbi, 1:51.69; 7. Alex Amankwah, 1:53.08; 8. Andrew Harris, 1:53.20; 18. Alex Jenkins, 1:55.79.
Mile - 2. Matt Airola, 4:02.24; 5. Parker Deuel, 4:07.31; 22. Payton Ballard, 4:21.94; 26. Jeff Edmondson, 4:23.81.
Weight Throw - 1. Elias Hakansson, 20.67m (67-9.75)**; 2. Charodd Richardson, 19.61m (64-4).
Shot Put - 4. Hayden Reed, 16.97m (55-8.25); 5. Kyle Felpel, 16.92m (55-6.25); 11. Nathan Karr, 15.25m (50-0.50); 12. Joe Williams, 15.24m (50-0).
High Jump - t3. Justin Fondren, 2.09m (6-10.25).
Long Jump - 2. Kamal Fuller, 7.37m (24-2.25); 3. Josh McCullan, 7.16m (23-6).
Triple Jump - 1. Jeremiah Green, 16.01m (52-6.50); 3. Imani Brown, 15.00m (49-2.50).
Pole Vault - DNP. Jonny Stiegler, No Height.
4x400-Meter Relay - 3. Alabama (Quincy Smith, Dwight Davis, Nick Efkamp, Alex Amakwah), 3:11.50.
60 Meters (Section A) - 2. Sarah Thomas, 7.52.
60 Meters (Section B) - 6. Quanesha Burks, 7.58.
60-meter hurdles (Section A) - 7. Lacey Dent, 8.67.
200 Meters - 11. Sarah Thomas, 24.79; 14. Remona Burchell, 24.87; 27. Brianna Sims, 25.62; 39. Dacia Mays, 27.18.400 Meters - 4. Yanique Malcolm, 55.32; 7. Alex Gholston, 56.66; 9. Shani Chandler, 57.63; 20. Nicole Sassaman, 59.61
Mile - 5. Kimberley Ficenec, 4:52.07; 6. Susie Kemper, 4:52.50; 8. Hilary Stafford, 4:54.09; 16. Katelyn Greenleaf, 5:02.30; 27. Anna Leinheiser, 5:10.60.
3,000 Meters - 4. Meropi Panagiotou, 9:40.52; 17. Allison Gregg, 10:17.40.
Weight Throw - 3. Nia Barnes, 18.44m (60-6); 5. Candicea Bernard, 15.76m (51-8.50).
Shot Put - 4. Candicea Bernard, 14.58m (47-10).
Long Jump - 6. Callie Ives, 5.80m (19-0.50).
Triple Jump - DNP. Merilyn Uudmae, Fouled Out.
Pole Vault - 2. Alexis Paine, 4.15m (13-7.25); 3. Lakan Taylor, 4.05m (13-3.50); 12. Anna Rawles, 3.70m (12-1.50).
4x400-Meter Relay - 3. Alabama (Alex Gholston, Yanique Malcolm, Brianna Sims, Shani Chandler), 3:48.59.
**denotes University of Alabama indoor school record.