Feb. 15, 2014
Fayetteville, Ark. - The University of Alabama track and field team notched a pair of event wins and set 11 personal bests at the Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas on Friday.
"We competed with tremendous focus today," said Alabama head coach Dan Waters. "We are becoming technically sound with each meet, and we are advancing several to the NCAA national championship meet. Hopefully, we can carry the energy and focus we had today into tomorrow's events."
Freshman Quanesha Burks led off the day with a win in the collegiate division long jump. Burks' mark of 6.25 meters (20 feet, 6.25 inches) ranks second in school history and lands in the top 20 nationally. Later Friday evening, senior Alexis Paine earned a victory in the invitational women's pole vault with a mark of 4.20 (13-9.25). Paine has now won the pole vault in three consecutive meets.
Alabama returns to the Randal Tyson Track Center Saturday for the final day of the Tyson Invitational. Events slated for Saturday include the triple jump, the shot put, the 200-meter dash and the 4x400 relays.
Here's an event-by-event breakdown of Alabama's events from Friday:
60 meters: Seniors Akeem Haynes and Alex Sanders both advanced to the semifinals but fell just short of making the finals of the 60-meter dash. Both Haynes and Sanders improved on their preliminary times in the semifinals. Haynes matched his personal best of 6.76 in the semifinals after a 6.79 in his preliminary run. Sanders followed a 6.80 time in the prelims with a time of 6.77 in the semis. Overall, in a field of 64 runners, Haynes took 10th place with Sanders finishing 11th.
60-meter hurdles: Freshman Tony Brown capped off an impressive day in the 60-meter hurdles with a third place finish in the finals. Brown's time of 7.83 in the finals ranks fourth in school history and sixth in the Southeastern Conference. Brown advanced to the finals after recording a 7.95 in the semifinals. He reached the semifinals with a preliminary time of 7.92, which ranks eighth in school history.
400 meters: Freshman Bryan Arthur (20th; 48.08) and sophomore Dwight Davis (23rd; 48.29) set PRs in the 400-meter dash. Junior Nick Efkamp clocked a 48.13 to finish 22nd overall. Each of Alabama's competitors in the 400 meters finished as the runner-up in their respective heats.
800 meters: All three of Alabama's competitors in the college division of the 800-meters placed in the top 10. Senior Ken Taylor clocked a new personal best of 1:50.45 to finish runner-up while Alex Amankwah (1:51.13) and Andrew Harris (1:52.10) placed seventh and 10th, respectively. Freshman Jacopo Lahbi competed in the invitational section of the 800 meters and placed fifth with a time of 1:50.03.
Mile: Freshman Peyton Ballard recorded a personal best of 4:17.84 in the collegiate section of the mile. Junior Matt Airola (sixth; 4:08.19) and sophomore Parker Deuel (10th; 4:14.27) competed in the invitational championship along with sophomore Alex Jenkins, who did not finish.
60 meters: Junior Remona Burchell recorded a personal best of 7.27 in the preliminary round, the second-best qualifying time of the day and third-best in school history. Her time should qualify her for the NCAA national championships, so she chose to forego the semifinals and focus on Saturday's 200-meter dash. Senior Sarah Thomas (7.60) and freshman Quanesha Burks (7.63) also competed in the preliminary rounds but did not qualify for the semifinals.
60-meter hurdles: Sophomore Lacey Dent recorded a time of 8.78 in the preliminary trials but did not qualify for the semifinals.
400 meters: Freshman Alex Gholston (56.31) and senior Shani Chandler (57.48) competed in the 400 meters for Alabama but did not advance. Chandler's time was her best this season.
800 meters: In the invitational division of the 800 meters, senior Yanique Malcolm recorded a time of 2:08.48 to place seventh, while sophomore Kimberley Ficenec (2:08.90) took eighth. Senior Aubrielle Wright just missed setting a personal record in the college section of the 800 meters. Wright, whose PR is 2:13.00, clocked a 2:13.50 Friday to finish 14th overall in the field of 29 runners.
Mile: Sophomore Meropi Panagiotou set a PR in the invitational mile with a time of 4:49.68, finishing seventh. Sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf recorded a personal record of 4:53.86 to finish third among a field of 20 in the collegiate section.
5,000 meters: Freshman Allison Gregg made her 5,000 meters debut and finished fifth with a personal best time of 17:33.93.
Long Jump: Senior Kamal Fuller (7.81m/25-7.50) placed fourth in the invitational long jump. Fuller's mark ranks fifth in Alabama history. Sophomores Nathan Vardaman (7.12m/23-4.50) and Josh McCullan (7.07m/23-2.50) competed in the collegiate invitational and placed 10th and 12th, respectively.
Weight Throw: Sophomore Elias Hakansson set a new personal best with a mark of 21.21 meters (69-7), good for third on Friday and second-best in school history.
Pole Vault: Senior Alexis Paine won the invitational pole vault with a mark of 4.20 meters (13-9.25). Freshman Lakan Taylor placed sixth in the championship section with a mark of 4.00 meters (13-1.50). In the collegiate section, sophomore Autumn Conn matched her personal best of 3.75 meters (12-3.50) on her second attempt to finish seventh, while sophomore Anna Rawles cleared the opening height of 3.60 meters (11-9.75) and placed 11th.
Long Jump: Freshman Quanesha Burks won the college division of the long jump with a personal best of 6.25 meters (20-6.25). Her mark ranks second in school history and ranks in the top 20 in the nation this season. Sophomore Lacey Dent jumped 5.72 meters (18-9.25) to finish 11th among 36 competitors.
Weight Throw: Junior Nia Barnes placed fourth in the weight throw with a personal best mark of 20.25m (66-5.25), second best in school history. Junior Candicea Bernard set a personal best with a mark of 17.21 meters (56-5.75) to finish 13th.
Friday, February 14, 2014
60 meters (Preliminary): 14. Akeem Haynes, 6.79; 15. Alex Sanders, 6.80
60 meters (Semifinals): 10. Akeem Haynes, 6.76; 11. Alex Sanders, 6.77
60-meter hurdles (Preliminary): 4. Tony Brown, 7.92.
60-meter hurdles (Semifinals): 5. Tony Brown, 7.95.
60-meter hurdles (Finals): 3. Tony Brown, 7.83.
400 meters: 20. Bryan Arthur, 48.08; 22. Nick Efkamp, 48.13; 23. Dwight Davis, 48.29.
800 meters (College): 2. Ken Taylor, 1:50.45; 7. Alex Amankwah, 1:51.13; 10. Andrew Harris, 1:52.10.
800 meters (Invitational): 5. Jacopo Lahbi, 1:50.03.
Mile (College): 13. Payton Ballard, 4:17.84.
Mile (Invite): 6. Matt Airola, 4:08.19; 10. Parker Deuel, 4:14.27; DNF - Alex Jenkins
Long Jump (College): 10. Nathan Vardaman, 7.12m (23-4.50); 12. Josh McCullan, 7.07 (23-2.50).
Long Jump (Invitational): 4. Kamal Fuller, 7.81m (25-7.50).
Weight Throw: 3. Elias Hakansson, 21.21m (69-7).
60 meters: (Preliminary): 2. Remona Burchell, 7.27; 29. Sarah Thomas, 7.60; 34. Quanesha Burks, 7.63.
60 meters (Semifinals): Remona Burchell - DNS
60M Hurdles (Preliminary): 36. Lacey Dent, 8.78.
400 meters: 42. Alex Gholston, 56.31; 60. Shani Chandler, 57.48.
800 meters (College): 14. Aubrielle Wright, 2:13.50.
800 meters (Invite): 7. Yanique Malcolm, 2:08.48; 8. Kimberley Ficenec, 2:08.90.
Mile (College): 3. Katelyn Greenleaf, 4:53.86.
Mile (Invite): 7. Meropi Panagiotou, 4:49.68.
5,000 meters: 5. Allison Gregg, 17:33.93.
PV (College): 7. Autumn Conn, 3.75m (12-3.50); 11. Anna Rawles, 3.60m (11-9.75).
PV (Invite): 1. Alexis Paine, 4.20m (13-9.25); 6. Lakan Taylor, 4.00m (13-1.50).
LJ (College): 1. Quanesha Burks, 6.25m (20-6.25); 11. Lacey Dent, 5.72m (18-9.25).
WT: 4. Nia Barnes, 20.25m (66-5.25); 13. Candicea Bernard 17.21m (56-5.75).
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