Feb. 9, 2013
Lincoln, Neb. -
Elias Hakansson broke a 15-year-old school record in the men's weight throw as the University of Alabama indoor track team finished in second place in both the men's and women's standings on Saturday at the 2013 Mark Colligan Memorial Meet, hosted by the University of Nebraska at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Tide competed against Nebraska and North Carolina in the three-team competition.
It was an excellent meet for the Crimson Tide as Alabama athletes won 10 events and set 17 personal bests, in addition to one school record performance. The Alabama women finished with 110 points behind Nebraska's 147, while the men ended the triangular meet with 102 points, behind the 138 points of the Huskers.
"We had a very good meet," said head coach Dan Waters. "Nebraska has built their team for this type of event and that showed today, but this also showed us that we are building toward the same thing and I can see us heading in the right direction. It was great seeing our kids compete hard. I was proud of the effort and pleased with the performance."
The school record set by Hakansson came on a throw of 66 feet, 9 ¼ inches (20.35 meters) and eclipsed by 3 1/2 inches a 15-year-old mark set by Derrick Jones in 1998. It was Hakansson's second individual victory of the indoor season.
Junior transfer sprinter Diondre Batson put together a remarkable day, winning the 200-meter dash with a 21.31 and also taking the top spot in the 60 meters as well, with a 6.73 which is a personal best. Both times rank just outside of the school's all-time indoor top 10 for those sprint events.
All-American high jumper Krystle Schade kept her 2013 record spotless by taking home a victory with a mark of 5-10 ½ (1.79m). Schade has won all four high jump events this indoor season.
In the men's long jump, all-American Kamal Fuller earned top honors with a mark of 25-0. Meropi Panagiotou took home the top spot in the women's mile race with a time of 4:52.52, a personal best performance. In the women's weight throw, teammates Nia Barnes, with a personal-best throw of 60-8 ½ (18.50m) and Lee Stowers, recording a throw of 57-5 ¾ (17.51m), combined to finish second and third, respectively.
The women's 4x400 relay team of Shani Chandler, Kyri Tabor, Yanique Malcolm and Joy Maneice-Marbury put together a win by just .66 seconds over Nebraska, the first 4x400 win of the year for the Crimson Tide in a time of 3:42.29. The men's 4x400 relay quartet of Joel Lynch, Dwight Davis, Diondre Batson and Ken Taylor was a close second in 3:11.56, just 0.37 off Nebraska's winning pace.
The Crimson Tide will take next weekend off before getting back to action at the SEC Indoor Championships, February 22-24, in Fayetteville, Ark.
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