Track and Field Wins Six Events; Breaks School Record on Day Two of Indiana Relays



Feb. 1, 2014


The Alabama track and field team won six events, set nine personal records and saw a school record fall on Saturday, the final day of the Indiana University Relays.

I’m very happy with how we performed,” UA head coach Dan Waters said. “We absolutely accomplished what we wanted to at this meet. We had a lot of opportunities and we made the most of them with some very good performances.”

On the track, the Crimson Tide swept the men’s and women’s 60-meter dash. Senior Diondre Batson won the men’s 60m final by a nose with a personal-best time of 6.61, which ranks third in school history and second in the SEC this season. Each of Batson’s three 60m runs in Bloomington landed on Alabama’s all-time top 10. To win the women’s 60m final, junior Ramona Burchell ran a personal best of 7.33, a time that is tied for third in the SEC this season and ranks fourth in UA history.

In the field events, junior Charodd Richardson set a new school record in the men’s weight throw with a mark of 21.22m (69 feet, 7.5 inches). Redshirt Freshman Kyle Felpel became the first Alabama shot putter since 1980 to throw over 60 feet when his best mark landed at 18.46m (60 feet, 6.5 inches).

Senior Alexis Paine won a jump-off to earn a victory in women’s pole vault with a mark of 4.15 meters (13 feet, 7.25 inches). Sophomore Justin Fondren won the high jump with a personal record of 2.18m (7 feet, 1.75 inches). Freshman Jeremiah Green (15.92m/52 feet, 2.75 inches) had the top mark of the day in the triple jump.

Here is an event-by-event breakdown of Alabama’s action on Saturday:




60 meters: Diondre Batson won the 60-meter dash finals by a nose with a personal best time of 6.61, the third-best time in school history. Batson’s time is the second-best time in the SEC and seventh in the NCAA this season. Akeem Haynes placed fifth in the final by clocking a time of 6.80.

60-meter hurdles: Freshman Tony Brown narrowly missed a trip to the finals after recording a time of 8.20 in the semifinals, good for ninth place.

400 meters: Brennan Parks recorded his best time in an Alabama uniform when he clocked a 51.15 to place ninth in the morning section of the 400-meter dash. In the afternoon section, Bryan Arthur finished ninth with a time of 49.36.

400 meters invite: Nick Efkamp ran in the 400-meter invitational and clocked a 50.04 to place 11th.

800 meters: Senior Ken Taylor took first-place in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.92.

800 meters invite: Andrew Harris placed third in the 800-meter invitational with a time of 1:51.88. Alex Jenkins also competed in the invitational for the Tide, clocking a 1:57.37.


60 meters: Ramona Burchell set a personal record of 7.33 to win the 60-meter dash finals after registering a 7.43 in the semifinals. Burchell’s finals time, which ranks fourth in school history, is tied for third in the SEC and sixth in the NCAA this season. Sarah Thomas (7.60) placed third in the final after clocking a 7.58 in the semifinals to advance. Quanesha Burks logged a 7.69 in the semifinals before a finishing fifth in the finals with a time of 7.66.

60-meter hurdles: Lacey Dent advanced to the finals following a run of 8.76 in the semifinals, but she was scratched from the finals with an injury. Passion Gamble finished 10th in the semifinals with a time of 8.94.

400 meters: Nicole Sassaman led off the day with a 59.80 in the morning section of the 400 meters. Sassaman won her heat and finished fourth overall. In the afternoon section of the 400, Briana Sims set a PR with a time of 58:20 to finish seventh. Shani Chandler also ran and clocked a 58.99 to place 17th.

400 meters invite: Alex Gholston recorded a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter invitational with a time of 57.35.

800 meters: Senior Aubrielle Wright ran a time of 2:17.31 in the 800 meters to place eighth. Freshman Anna Leinheiser recorded a time of 2:19.75 to finish 20th.



Long Jump Invite: Senior Kamal Fuller jumped 7.35 meters (24 feet, 1 1/2 inches) for a fourth-place finish. Sophomore Josh McCullan placed seventh with a mark of 7.06 meters (23 feet, 2 inches).

Weight Throw Invite: Charodd Richardson threw a mark of 21.22 meters (69 feet, 7 1/2 inches), good for second place. Richardson’s mark is the best in Crimson Tide history and ranks first in the SEC this season.

Triple Jump: Freshman Jeremiah Green’s fourth attempt went 15.92 meters (52 feet, 2 1/2 inches), the top mark of the day. Sophomore Imani Brown finished second behind Green with a personal best jump of 15.67 meters (51 feet, 3 inches). Senior Kamal Fuller (14.06 meters/46 feet, 1 1/2 inches) and sophomore George Freiberger (14.04 meters/40 feet, 3/4 inch) placed eighth and ninth, respectively.

Shot Put Invite: Redshirt freshman Kyle Felpel set a new personal record with a mark of 18.46m (60 feet, 6 1/2 inches) and placed seventh.

High Jump Invite: Justin Fondren won the high jump invitational with a personal record of 2.18 meters (7 feet, 1 3/4 inches).


Weight Throw Invite: Junior Nia Barnes set a new personal record of 20.18m (66 feet, 2 1/2 inches) on her first throw of the day en route to a fifth-place finish. Barnes’ mark lands at second on the school’s all-time list.

Long Jump Invite: Quanesha Burks bested her previous PR by a foot when she jumped a mark of 5.77 meters (18 feet, 11 1/2 inches). Burks placed fourth among collegiate competitors and sixth overall.

Pole Vault Invite: Senior Alexis Paine won the pole vault invitational in a jump-off against Vera Schmitz of the World Athletics Center. After both athletes cleared 4.05 meters in the jump-off, Paine was able to clear 4.15 meters (13 feet, 7 1/4 inches) to claim the victory. Freshman Lakan Taylor placed fifth with a clearance of 3.95 meters (12 feet, 11 1/2 inches).

Triple Jump: Merilyn Uudmae took runner-up in the triple jump with a mark of 12.33 meters (40 feet, 5 1/2 inches), her best mark of the season


Indiana University Relays
Saturday, February 1, 2014

Alabama Results


60 meters (semifinals) - 2. Diondre Batson, 6.68; 5. Akeem Haynes, 6.84.
60 meters (finals) - 1. D. Batson, 6.61; 5. A. Haynes, 6.80.
60-meter hurdles (semifinals) - 9. Tony Brown, 8.20.
400m (morning section) - 9. Brennan Parks, 51.15.
400 meters (afternoon section) - 9. Bryan Arthur, 49.36.
400 meter invite - 11. Nick Efkamp, 50.04.
800 meters - 1. Ken Taylor, 1:52.92.
800 meter invite - 3. Andrew Harris, 1:51.88; 14. Alex Jenkins, 1:57.37.
Long Jump Invitational - 4. Kamal Fuller, 7.35m (24-1.50); 7. Josh McCullan, 7.06m (23-2)
Weight Throw Invitational - 2. Charodd Richardson, 21.22m (69-7.50)**
Triple Jump – 1. Green, 15.92m (52-2.75); 2. Brown, 15.67m (51-3); 8. Fuller, 14.06m (46-1.50); 9. Freiberger 14.04m (40-00.75).
Shot Put Invitational – 7. Kyle Felpel, 18.46m (60-6.50).
High Jump Invitational – 1. Justin Fondren, 2.18m (7-1.75)


60 meters (semifinals) - 1. Ramona Burchell, 7.43; 3. Sarah Thomas, 7.58; 5. Quanesha Burks, 7.69.
60 meters (finals) - 1. Burchell, 7.33; 3. Thomas, 7.60; 5. Burks, 7.66.
60M hurdles (semifinals) - 5. Lacey Dent, 8.76; 10. Passion Gamble, 8.94.
60M hurdles (finals) - NS. Dent (scratch).
400 meters (morning section) - 4. Nicole Sassaman, 59.80.
400 meters (afternoon section) - 7. Brianna Sims, 58.20; 17. Shani Chandler, 58.99.
400 meters invitational - 5. Alex Gholston, 57.35.
800 meters - 8. Aubrielle Wright, 2:17.31; 20. Anna Leinheiser, 2:19.75.
Weight Throw Invitational - 5. Nia Barnes, 20.18m (66-2.50).
Long Jump Invitational - 6. Quanesha Burks, 5.77m (18-11.25).
Pole Vault Invitational - 1. Alexis Paine, 4.15m (13-7.25); 5. Lakan Taylor, 3.95m (12-11.50)
Triple Jump - 2. Merilyn Uudmae, 12.33m (40-5.50)

**-denotes Alabama school record