Batson wins 200-meter dash at Tyson Invitational Saturday

Diondre Batson

Feb. 15, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Senior Diondre Batson won the 200-meter dash Saturday to highlight Alabama's second and final day of competition at the Tyson Invitational, hosted at the University of Arkansas.

"We had some very good performances today," said Crimson Tide head coach Dan Waters. "We had a few missed opportunities, but I think we learned a lot by competing against such great competition."

For the weekend, Alabama won three events, set more than a dozen personal records and had a slew of top-10 finishes against a field that included many of the top teams in the Southeastern Conference and Big 12.

"This weekend helped us set the tone for the SEC meet," said Waters.

The Crimson Tide will be off next weekend before heading to College Station, Texas, on February 27 for the SEC Indoor Championships.

Here is an event-by-event breakdown of Alabama's competitors on Saturday:



200 meters: Senior Diondre Batson clocked a time of 20.94 to win the men's 200-meter dash. Batson's time was the best among the 63-man field Saturday and ranks sixth in school history.
DMR: Alabama took eighth place in the distance medley relay with a time of 9:55.34. Junior Matt Airola ran the opening leg of 1,200 meters and led the field with a time of 2:58.84. Freshman Bryan Arthur ran the second leg and covered the 400 meters in 47.68. Sophomore Andrew Harris ran the 800-meter third leg in 1:51.98, and Parker Deuel ran the final leg of 1,600 meters with a time of 4:16.85.
4x400M Relay: Alabama earned an eighth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:10.46. Sophomore Dwight Davis led off with a 48.17 split in the first leg. Senior Diondre Batson ran the second leg in 47.73. In the third leg, Alex Amankwah logged a split of 47.40. Senior Ken Taylor ran the fastest split of the heat's anchor leg when he clocked a 47.19.


200 meters:
Junior Remona Burchell finished eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.74, her fastest time in the event this season. Freshman Brianna Sims clocked a time of 25.50, her best as a member of the Crimson Tide, and senior Sarah Thomas logged a 25.73.
3,000 meters: Freshman Hilary Stafford earned a runner-up finish with a time of 9:42.10 in the women's 3,000-meter championship run. The time was Stafford's best as a member of the Crimson Tide. Sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf finished just a few strides behind Stafford at 9:43.26 to place third.
4x400M Relay: Alabama placed 18th in the women's 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:42.26. Freshman Alex Gholston ran the first leg in 56.23. In the second leg, senior Yanique Malcolm's time of 53.82 was the fastest split in the heat. Sophomore Lacey Dent recorded a time of 56.52 in the third leg, and senior Shani Chandler ran the anchor with a split of 55.70.



Shot Put: Freshman Kyle Felpel set an indoor personal record with a throw of 18.62 meters (61 feet, 1.25 inches) to finish runner-up in the shot put. Felpel's best mark, which came on his sixth and final throw of the day, ranks third in school history. Freshman Hayden Reed improved his distance on each of his three throws and tied for 11th with a mark of 16.67 meters (54 feet, 8.25 inches). Freshman Nathan Karr's first attempt spanned a personal best 15.57 meters (51 feet, 1 inch), earning him an 18th-place finish among the field of 31.
High Jump:
Sophomore Justin Fondren placed sixth with a mark of 2.11 meters (6 feet, 11 inches) in the high jump invitational championship. Fondren cleared the 2.11-meter mark on his first attempt, then passed on 2.16 meters (7 feet, 1 inch) and was unable to clear the bar at 2.21 meters (7 feet, 3 inches) on three attempts.
Triple Jump:
Freshman Jeremiah Green recorded a mark of 15.86 meters (52 feet, 0.5 inch) to take sixth place in the triple jump invitational championship. Sophomore Imani Brown's best jump of the day stretched 15.46 meters (50 feet, 8.75 inches), earning him a ninth-place finish.


Shot Put: Junior Candicea Bernard started the day with her best throw, a mark of 14.47 meters (47 feet, 5.75 inches), and finished 13th overall. Bernard's final two throws registered 14.40 meters (47 feet, 3 inches) and 13.18 meters (43 feet, 3 inches).
Triple Jump: Sophomore Merilyn Uudmae finished the collegiate section of the triple jump with a best mark of 12.45 meters (40 feet, 10.25 inches), good for fifth place.

Tyson Invitational
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Alabama Results

200 meters - 1. Diondre Batson, 20.94.
DMR - 8. Alabama (Matt Airola, Bryan Arthur, Andrew Harris, Parker Deuel), 9:55.34
4x400 Relay - 8. Alabama (Dwight Davis, Diondre Batson, Alex Amankwah, Ken Taylor), 3:10.46
Shot Put - 2. Kyle Felpel, 18.62m (61-1.25); 11. Hayden Reed, 16.67m (54-8.25); 18. Nathan Karr, 15.57m (51-1).
High Jump (Invite) - 6. Justin Fondren, 2.11m (6-11).
Triple Jump (Invite) - 6. Jeremiah Green, 15.86 m (52-0.50); 9. Imani Brown, 15.46m (50-8.75).

200 meters - 8. Remona Burchell, 23.74; 67. Brianna Sims, 25.50; 70. Sarah Thomas, 25.73.
3,000 meters - 2. Hilary Stafford, 9:42.10; 3. Katelyn Greenleaf, 9:43.26.
4x400 Relay - 18. Alabama (Alex Gholston, Yanique Malcolm, Lacey Dent, Shani Chandler), 3:42.26.
Shot Put - 13. Candicea Bernard, 14.47m (47-5.75).
Triple Jump (College) - 5. Merilyn Uudmae, 12.45m (40-10.25)