Jan. 24, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky.- The University of Alabama track and field team saw eight individuals set personal records as a total of 12 members placed in the top 10 of their respective events Friday in the first day of the Rod McCravy Memorial at the University of Kentucky.
Led by Justin Fondren's first-place finish in the high jump, Alabama earned seven top-5 finishes, including three field athletes claiming second place in their respective events. Lacey Dent (women's pentathlon), Nia Barnes (women's weight throw) and Charodd Richardson (men's weight throw) had performances that landed them on the school's top 10 lists.
"Overall, it was a big day for us," said Crimson Tide head coach Dan Waters. "We had some great performances and some new personal records, and I'm really pleased with the progression we've made since last week. I hope we can continue our advancement, and I look forward to getting after it again tomorrow."
Alabama will return to Kentucky's Nutter Field House Saturday for another full slate of action in the second and final day of the Rod McCravy Memorial, which on Friday was named the "National Meet of the Week" by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The event earned the title "based on the outstanding sprints/hurdles match-ups and the concentration of top-10 and top-25 teams in both the men's and women's competitions."
Here's an event-by-event breakdown of Friday's Alabama competitors:
High Jump: Sophomore Justin Fondren took first place in the high jump while setting a new personal best of 7-0 1/2. Fondren cleared 2.09 meters and 2.14 meters without a miss before three missed attempts at 2.17 meters. Fondren's previous best was 6-11 3/4.
Weight Throw: Junior Charodd Richardson threw a mark of 65-10 1/2 on his final attempt of the evening to finish second in the men's weight throw. Richardson's throw lands at eighth on the school's all-time list and breaks his previous personal best (59-8 1/4), set less than a week ago at the Auburn Invitational.
Long Jump: Senior Kamal Fuller finished runner-up with a mark of 24-9 1/4, the ninth-best mark in the nation in 2014. Sophomore Josh McCullan placed fifth after recording a personal best of 24-0 1/4. His previous PR was 23-8 3/4. In his long jump debut for the Tide, freshman Jeremiah Green took 10th place with a jump of 22-9, while sophomore Nathan Vardaman jumped 22-1 3/4 to place 12th.
600-yard run:Junior Brennan Parks placed eighth in the 600-yard run with a time of 1:15.53.
Pentathlon: Sophomore Lacey Dent finished fourth in the women's pentathlon with 3,643 points, good for third all-time in school history. Dent scored 961 points with a top finish in the 60-meter hurdles (8.76).
Weight Throw: Sophomore Nia Barnes set a personal record with a 64-0 1/4 mark to take sixth place in the weight throw. Barnes' throw, which ranks fourth-best in Alabama indoor history, shattered her previous best of 60-8 1/2. Junior Candicea Bernard finished 14th with a throw of 52-9 1/2.
Long Jump: Sophomore Callie Ives registered a mark of 19-1 1/2 -- her best mark of the young season -- in the long jump to finish seventh in her section and eighth overall. Ives fouled on her first attempt but registered legal marks on her next two jumps before passing on her final three chances. In her long jump debut, freshman Quanesha Burks registered three legal marks, improving with each jump, and placed 13th with a mark of 17-11 1/2.
Pole Vault: Senior Alexis Paine tied for second with a mark of 13-6 1/2. Freshman Lakan Taylor cleared 12-8 3/4 to finish tied for seventh. Sophomore Anna Rawles (12-2 3/4) finished 15th, while sophomore Autumn Conn set a personal record of 11-9 to finish 17th.
5,000 Meters: Sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf finished fourth with a time of 17:25.74.
Rod McCravy Memorial
Friday, January 24, 2014
600-yard run - 8. Brennan Parks, 1:15.53.
Weight Throw - 2. Charodd Richardson, 20.08m (65-10.50).
High Jump - t1. Justin Fondren, 2.14m (7-00.25).
Long Jump - 2. Kamal Fuller, 7.55m (24-09.25); 5. Josh McCullan, 7.32m (24-00.25); 10. Jeremiah Green, 6.93m (22-09); 12. Nathan Vardaman, 6.75m (22-01.75).
Pentathlon - 4. Lacey Dent, 3,643 points.
5,000 Meters - 4. Katelyn Greenleaf, 17:25.74.
Weight Throw - 6. Nia Barnes, 19.51m (64-00.25); 14. Candicea Bernard, 16.09m (52-09.50).
Long Jump - 8. Callie Ives, 5.83m (19-01.50); 13. Quanesha Burks, 5.47m (17-11.50)
Pole Vault - t2. Alexis Paine, 4.13m (13-06.50); t7. Lakan Taylor, 3.88m (12-08.75); 15. Anna Rawles, 3.73m (12-02.75); 17. Autumn Conn 3.58m (11-9).