Jan. 25, 2013
Bloomington, Ind.- Alabama athletes won four events on Friday in the first day of indoor track and field competition at the Indiana Relays at Bloomington, Ind., winning the women's triple jump, men's triple jump, women's mile, men's weight throw and men's 200 meters.
"We had a good day today - very encouraging," said Alabama head coach Dan Waters. "The kids continue to develop, so it's good to see them getting rewarded for it. They've been making good changes and learning each week. As coaches, that's what we look for.
"So far this has been a great meet for us at this point of the season. This is definitely something we can build from and we need to keep it up and go out ready to battle tomorrow."
In the women's triple jump, junior Chloe Hetherton (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) made her first jump of the day her best as she soared 39 feet, 8 ¾ inches (12.11 meters) to beat 21 competitors. She followed with a solid series of solid efforts before passing on her final attempt. Hetherton and sophomore teammate Merilyn Uudmae (Talinn, Estonia) took the top two spots in the event with Uudmae posting a best of 39-1 3/4 (11.93m).
Jonathan Reid (Kingston, Jamaica) won the men's triple jump late Friday evening. Reid bested a field of 10 competitors by producing his best effort of the night on his second attempt with a leap of 50-7 1/2 (15.43 meters). He beat out Rex Parker (competing unattached) who had a best of 49-8 1/2 (15.15m) and Illinois' Branden Tanthavong who was third with a distance of 49-7 1/4 (15.12m). Alabama's George Freiberger was sixth with a jump of 46-10 3/4 (14.29m).
Freshman Meropi Panagiotou (Nicosia, Cyprus) took the open mile in a time of 4:55.39 to beat out Eastern Illinois' Erika Ramos (4:55.90) and a field of 42 other runners.
In the men's 200 meters, freshman James Harrington (Cedar Falls, Iowa) won in a time of 21.62 seconds, edging Calvin Edwards of Eastern Illinois (21.83). Alabama junior Diondre Batson (Sacramento, Calif.) competed in the Invitational 200 and finished fifth in 21.69 with junior Akeem Haynes (Calgary, Alberta) taking seventh in 21.92 and senior Dushane Farrier (Toronto, Ontario) eighth at 22.06.
After fouling on his first two attempts, Tide sophomore Charodd Richardson (Blakely, Ga.) put together a solid series of throws on the way to a career-best effort of 59 feet, 4 inches (18.08 meters) in picking up his first collegiate victory in his sophomore season. Richardson bettered Purdue's Jakob Engel and Coy Blair in taking the victory over a field of 25 competitors.
Alabama also had a strong showing in the prelims of the 60-meter dash where Batson posted the second-fastest qualifying time to Saturday's semi-finals with a 6.79. Batson led a quartet of Alabama qualifiers as Haynes had the seventh-fastest time in 6.89 with Harrington posting the ninth-fastest qualifier at 6.91 and Farrier making the 11th spot in 6.96.
Junior Ken Taylor (Spartanburg, S.C.) continued a strong indoor season with a second-place finish in the Invitational 600 meters. Taylor broke the tape in 1:18.27, just behind Kevin Glastetter of Loyola (Ill.) in 1:17.94.
Indiana Relays - Alabama Results
Friday, January 25, 2013